US resolution on Sri Lanka filed at UN – Update

COLOMBO, March 4, 2014 (AFP) – A US-led resolution calling for an international probe into allegations that 40,000 civilians were killed at the end of Sri Lanka’s separatist war has been filed with the UN’s top rights body. The resolution is “totally based on information of questionable veracity”, the monks said in a petition to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon handed to staff at the Colombo offices.

On Monday, the UN leader also endorsed Pillay’s report on Sri Lanka, whose government has rejected all calls for an international investigation into the allegations.

The US-led resolution asks Pillay to report back on progress with an oral submission to the UN Human Rights Council in September next year, and provide a written report by March 2015.

The draft also called on Sri Lanka to investigate allegations of military excesses and expressed “serious concern” over continuing reports of human rights violations five years after the end of the decades-long separatist war.

It said that “sexual and gender-based violence, enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, torture and violations of the rights to freedom of expression” were continuing in Sri Lanka.

The UN rights council in Geneva is expected to