Sri Lanka says Amnesty war probe allegations ‘interference’

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September 10, 2011 (AFP) – Sri Lanka said Saturday that Amnesty International comments on the island’s probe into its military victory over Tamil rebels, were an “interference” in the country’s sovereignty. Amnesty International on Wednesday said Sri Lanka’s inquiry panel was “flawed at every level” and no substitute for an international war crimes investigation.

The human rights watchdog issued a 69-page report slamming the work of the government’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) ahead of next week’s meeting of the UN Human Rights Council, expected to discuss Sri Lanka.

Tamara Kunanayakam, Sri Lanka’s permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva said Amnesty has “acted as a self-appointed judge” when the LLRC’s final report is due only on November 15.

“The pre-judgment of the Commission’s (LLRC) outcome is unacceptable and unwarranted, and is to be considered as interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state,” Kunanayakam said in a statement released in Colombo.

The report cited eyewitness testimony and information from aid workers suggesting that at least 10,000 civilians were killed in the final military offensive that crushed the separatist