Sri Lanka accuses human rights bodies of bias

Feb 13, 2008 (LBO) – Sri Lanka Wednesday accused international human rights groups of being silent in the wake of a string of bomb attacks blamed on the Tamil Tigers that killed scores of civilians including 14 school children.

“None of the international human rights organizations have even raised a voice or given a statement over these incidents,” defence spokesman minister Keheliya Rambukwella told a news conference.

Rambukwella charged rights groups of being biased in dealing with human rights violations in the island and said that they are working on an “agenda” aimed at tarnishing Sri Lanka’s image.

“They are acting in total bias on a different agenda . . . may be on various considerations . . . to bring the country into disrepute.”

He was referring to strong criticism of alleged human right violations by the security forces in their campaign against the Tamil Tigers.

“On the other hand they have been trying to accuse the government for things that have not been proved or things that are being investigated,” he said.

The government has said it is investigating allegations of human rights abuses by its forces.

It has also complained that Western countries and human right groups do not