US concerned over latest charges

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Expressing concern over the new allegations of human rights abuses in Sri Lanka, the United States has said it supported bringing to book all those responsible.

The US statement comes in the wake of surfacing of new charges against Sri Lankan troops, in particular a new video footage showing execution of a 12-year-old boy, purportedly son of slain LTTE leader Prabhakaran.

“As we've stated many, many times, we are deeply concerned about allegations of international human rights law and human rights violations in Sri Lanka.”

"We support a full accounting of and accountability for anybody who is engaged in acts that violated human rights and humanitarian law," the State Department spokesperson, Victoria Nuland, told reporters at her daily news conference on Tuesday.

The video, however, has not been authenticated by the US.

“With regard to the video that is circulating, that we obviously are not able to authenticate, with regard to the son of Prabhakaran,” she said.

A proposed US-backed resolution calling on Sri Lanka to probe alleged abuses during the country's civil war is to be debated at the ongoing UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva. The 25-year war ended in 2009, with government troops defeating the Tamil Tiger rebels.

“That's why, with our partners, we are supporting a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that calls for action on important steps towards reconciliation and accountability while expressing the international community's concern about the delays in implementation,” Nuland said.

“We are also encouraging the Government of Sri Lanka to communicate what it intends to do to implement the recommendations of the LLRC, which made its own recommendations way back in the fall,” Nuland said in response to a question. (PTI)

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  • Zavahir Thursday, 15 March 2012 11:22 AM

    Gaddafi killed by Libyans not US

    MK Wednesday, 14 March 2012 07:22 AM

    What about Gadaffi??

    Ravi Seneviratne Wednesday, 14 March 2012 07:25 AM

    Victoria Nuland , We in Sri Lanka is also very concern about the killing of civilians in Afganistan/Iraq/Pakistan.
    How will your Government take this up and what explanation can you give to the world???????????????

    Damsen Wednesday, 14 March 2012 11:01 AM

    As we've stated many, many times, we are also deeply concerned about allegations of international human rights law and human rights violations in Iraq,Afghanistan and Libya”

    Conty Wednesday, 14 March 2012 11:17 AM

    Simple, they said sorry, that's enough!!!!!!!!!

    Guy Sydney Friday, 16 March 2012 07:37 AM

    hey Mates
    My uni friend were burnt alive on tires in 1987 . I need war criminal charges brought in ????

    John Fernandez Thursday, 15 March 2012 11:42 AM

    Well said. Channel 4 video is fake.

    I wonder why USA is not worried about those who were killed during LTTE bombings everywhere in SL. Weren't they civilians too? If Prabha was still alive will they take action against him for the crime he had committed? Bloody human rights!!!

    aby Wednesday, 14 March 2012 04:56 AM

    Nivard Cabraal please address the issue as they are talking about accounting

    ind Thursday, 15 March 2012 05:55 AM

    Do you waste your time, if some one repeatedly claiming that you have stolen something from his house ? If you don't have any other work, you may do that. But not everybody.

    ind Thursday, 15 March 2012 05:57 AM

    Very simple excuse. End of the day all human lives and importantly they are innocent civilians and that one was a terrorist ( age is not a barrier for LTTE )

    ind Thursday, 15 March 2012 05:59 AM

    Here is the same. Only thing is we too didn't keep any record by they CREATE a record.

    Bola Baba Wednesday, 14 March 2012 05:01 AM

    Bola Bola

    Dalu Banda Wednesday, 14 March 2012 04:48 AM

    What about two sons of Sadam Hussen??????

    Thatha Wednesday, 14 March 2012 04:51 AM

    Why is Srilanka afraid to face these kind of allegations of human rights in international court, if they did not done in the war?

    anura Thursday, 15 March 2012 06:09 AM

    Hollywood can produce better video footage than Channel 4.

    balu Wednesday, 14 March 2012 12:07 PM

    what about Osama? his daughter mentioned that he was unarmed when US troops killed him in front of his kids! iam not a supporter of Osama but justice shud be the same to everyone. we are not children of a lessor GOD!

    Lanka Wednesday, 14 March 2012 12:22 PM

    Are we jumping the gun to soon to over react. We get all these news from media and no one know how much they are fabricated and distorted. Need to patient and wait for the final verdict from the source.

    Guru Wednesday, 14 March 2012 04:55 AM

    Well said, now action please.

    Renu Wednesday, 14 March 2012 05:12 AM

    The top notch will be accountable if proper investigations are done

    royalists Wednesday, 14 March 2012 05:03 AM

    why don't you guys concerned about 16 Afghan civilians killed by marine troops? mind your' own business. lol.

    concern citizen Wednesday, 14 March 2012 05:36 AM

    dee kirata balalluth sakki lu!

    hamid Wednesday, 14 March 2012 05:23 AM

    us and the european countries are suporting tereriesem around the world, when they are attacked then they say to eradicate terorisem , it is double standerd.

    kondebendapucheena Wednesday, 14 March 2012 05:48 AM

    You mean US troops in Afghanistan

    C.K. Lankaputhra Wednesday, 14 March 2012 01:43 PM

    Why talk of Afganistan, Iraq and Gadhafi, LLRC is Presidential commission report. Implement it, Why delay. The question is that.

    Gamaraala Wednesday, 14 March 2012 02:30 PM

    End of whatever that is left of US economy..

    uma Thursday, 15 March 2012 08:42 AM

    WAR CRIMINALS MUST BE PUNISHED !!!

    migara Wednesday, 14 March 2012 06:24 AM

    american troops executed saddam hussain's16 year old grand son. Only difference is they didn't keep a record and said he died in a fire fight.

    niv Wednesday, 14 March 2012 06:26 AM

    don't you know, its a personal issue and the troop accepted his action and he didn't follow any of the high ranking orders...

    Dinithi Wednesday, 14 March 2012 02:43 PM

    Oh man, why werent you guys worried when the LTTE masacred infants in dozens, students in hundreds, innocent people in thousands and recruited child soldiers in thousands who later died in the battle. Thousands of army and LTTE died. All were SL youths. It went on for about 20 years. Why did'nt you bring any resolution then? Why did'nt you stop it? You only had to take out Prabhakaran and the top LTTErs like you did to Osama. Why didnt you do it?

    rajthas Wednesday, 14 March 2012 03:12 PM

    world super power they knew about SL.

    ferdie Thursday, 15 March 2012 10:12 AM

    Not enough, not enough !! The LTTE should have been tortured more & more. Have we forgotten about the bombings in buses, trains, Central Bank & more places that killed civilians, children in the last 25 years.

    USA - Pls shut up - Unarmed Bin Laden & his child was killed. At least, Sri Lanka showed the dead body of Prabakaran & his son. What did USA show? What is good for the goose is good for the gander !!

    DUWI Thursday, 15 March 2012 10:48 AM

    Oh Boy, What double standards.


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