The UN rights chief has accused Sri Lanka of sabotaging a UN-mandated war crimes probe into the country's nearly three decades-long brutal civil war, saying the refusal to cooperate with the investigation raises concerns about the integrity of the government.
Sri Lanka has won the backing of 22 nations, including China and Pakistan, in its effort to block a UN war crimes probe into the country's human rights record during its brutal war with the Tamil Tigers.
Sri Lanka today voiced its opposition to the impending UNHRC`s probe on alleged rights abuses during the final phase of the conflict with the LTTE, saying the investigation would set a "dangerous precedent".
Shipping Minister G K Vasan today joined his cabinet colleague P Chidambaram in expressing reservations over India not voting in favour of a resolution at UNHRC against Sri Lanka for alleged human rights violations.
The US has welcomed the passage of UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka and said it sends a "clear message" to the Rajapaksa government that the international community is committed to promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Asian country.
The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Wednesday adopted a US-sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka that authorises an international criminal investigation into alleged war crimes committed during the island nation`s decades long civil war against the LTTE.
Sri Lanka will face a third successive resolution tomorrow at the UN rights body which is expected to call for an international criminal probe into alleged war crimes committed during the country`s decades long civil war against the LTTE.