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Sri Lanka nationalist group protests against UK

Last Updated: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 20:16

Colombo: A Sri Lankan Buddhist nationalist group on Thursday staged a protest against British Prime Minister David Cameron`s warning to institute an international inquiry into the alleged human rights violations during the war against the LTTE.
Activists of Ravana Balaya demonstrated in front of the UK`s embassy here demanding Britain must investigate the crimes of its own troops in British Ceylon in 1818.

In a communique handed over to the embassy, Ittakande Saddatissa, a Buddhist monk and Ravana Balaya chief, said, "We have found very clear evidence to prove as to how British Army executed captured freedom fighters without going through a proper judicial process.

"There were evidence that British Army had opened fire indiscriminately at civilians, including children while destroying paddy fields by setting fire to them."

Cameron, on the sidelines of the summit, had warned Sri Lanka that his government would work with the UN Human Rights Council to set up an international inquiry if the country failed to address rights concerns by March next year.

Rajapaksa had rejected Cameron`s warning, saying countries should not "dictate" to Sri Lanka.

First Published: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 20:16
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