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A senior US lawmaker on Monday urged Sri Lanka to take concrete action on human rights after a UN panel found credible allegations of war crimes in the bloody 2009 finale to the civil war.

Representative Howard Berman, the top member of President Barack Obama's Democratic Party on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Sri Lanka must “ensure that those involved in violations of human rights are held to account in a transparent and expeditious manner.”

“I am deeply concerned that the government of Sri Lanka has thus far chosen to protest the report's conclusions rather than accept the recommendations of the UN panel,” Berman said in a statement.

Berman said he also favored action against any surviving members of the Tamil Tiger rebels accused of rights violations.

“Unless the government takes real action to investigate and punish those guilty of war crimes, I fear there can be no sustainable reconciliation process to move the country forward,” the California lawmaker said.

(AFP)

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  • Deshan lanka puthra Tuesday, 26 April 2011 10:53 AM

    Your own country is grossly violating human rights in Iraq ,Afganitan , Pakistan & Libya.Talk about those people or
    mind your own business.

    Steve Gunaratne Tuesday, 26 April 2011 02:45 AM

    US law makers need to clean up their own garbage before they mess around with others.

    anura Wednesday, 27 April 2011 07:00 AM

    US lawmakers should be working overtime to clean the mess regarding the human right violations done by US in Iraq, Afganistan and in Pakistan etc. You better mind your own business cleaning your own house first.

    DUWI Tuesday, 26 April 2011 03:00 AM

    The US needs to act on the drone attacks on civilians in Pakistan now, without continuing to kill innocent children and women.

    abdul rahman khadar Tuesday, 26 April 2011 07:47 AM

    look who is talking

    Saman Withana Tuesday, 26 April 2011 08:47 AM

    yes .. wrong country.. we dont have oil. mind your own business dear. dont try to be a spoke person to LTTE, anticipating votes.

    dhana Tuesday, 26 April 2011 08:46 AM

    Sir, please look into your backyard and then suggest to SL.

    Tonto Tuesday, 26 April 2011 04:17 AM

    Don't waste your breath, Mr. Councilor, we Sri Lankan's are a law unto our selves.

    Rajitha Tuesday, 26 April 2011 04:29 AM

    also we sri lanknans would like to urge the US to stop the illegal war they are conducting in Libya and take action against those responsible for genocide in iraq

    super star Tuesday, 26 April 2011 09:27 AM

    your right sir.

    local boy Tuesday, 26 April 2011 04:45 AM

    why are you fear ? we are not going to hit you ane

    Bhathiya Waduge Tuesday, 26 April 2011 04:47 AM

    SORRY MATE, WE DON`T HAVE OIL.

    Tony Tuesday, 26 April 2011 05:12 AM

    Di some LTTE terrorist put you on their pay list !!! Mind your own business you so called law maker. You yankees are the ones ruining world peace by citing various fake agendas for your own benefit.

    raj Tuesday, 26 April 2011 05:35 AM

    it i s impossible sir. I hope you will find out the reason why it is not possible.

    PP Tuesday, 26 April 2011 12:05 AM

    mere urging is not going to work.. talk with our defence secretary in US now

    Louisa Tuesday, 26 April 2011 12:25 AM

    Thriving off LTTE crumbs, US lawmakers seems to be popping up like mushrooms in every nook & corner. So all you Yankees love and support rebels to fulfill your hidden agendas.

    C.K.Lankaputhra Tuesday, 26 April 2011 01:02 AM

    You are correct. We appreciate your comment. I think the slow god's mill has started turning.

    prasan Tuesday, 26 April 2011 06:15 AM

    Mr. Berman, you better clean up Red Indian Homeland issue first than yelling hunters' preching please.


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