Published February 13, 2013
GENEVA – The U.N.'s top human rights official says Sri Lanka is failing to properly investigate its government's alleged abuses toward the end of a bloody quarter-century civil war.
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says opposition leaders are still being killed or abducted and the government has not yet made arrests or prosecutions in cases of disappearances.
Pillay said in a report Wednesday that Sri Lankan authorities must permit international experts to probe allegations of serious human rights violations from a war that the U.N. estimates killed 80,000 to 100,000 people.
In May 2009, the government, dominated by the ethnic Sinhalese majority, defeated the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels, who were demanding an independent Tamil nation after decades of perceived discrimination.
Sri Lanka's government disputes many of the report's findings.