War crimes court urged for Sri Lanka

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Relatives of missing persons from Sri Lanka's 26-year long civil war hold their pictures during a meeting in the capital Colombo. Photo: IRIN/Amantha Perera

Tens of thousands of people suffered human rights violations including torture and sexual abuse in Sri Lanka during a almost a decade of civil conflict, according to a long-awaited UN report.

The report covers the period between 2002 and 2011 when government forces battled Tamil separatists.

Unveiled by the UN Human Rights commissioner in Geneva on Wednesday, it calls for a special court to try war crimes.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

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