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`India should raise UN report on Lanka rights violations`

The CPI on Saturday demanded that India should raise the issue of the United Nations report on the last phase of the civil war in Sri Lanka.



New Delhi: The CPI on Saturday demanded that India should raise the issue of the United Nations report on the last phase of the civil war in Sri Lanka that alleged human rights violations by the Army, during the meeting of UN Human Rights Commission at Geneva.
In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, CPI national secretary D Raja said India and the government have the moral responsibility to raise the issue in international arena to bring the perpetrators of this "heinous crime to
justice through the appropriate international bodies and mechanisms."

"I urge upon the Government of India to raise this issue in the current meeting of UN Human Rights Commission at Geneva," he said in the letter.

Raja said the international community was shocked to witness such "war crimes and gross violations of human rights" committed during the civil war in Sri Lanka.

He said the UN Advisory Panel in its report has highlighted that it is imperative that steps be taken to ensure accountability not be held hostage to unnecessarily
slow or otherwise ineffective national efforts.

PTI

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