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UN Receives Sri Lanka War Crimes Report


A United Nations panel tasked with investigating alleged war crimes during Sri Lanka's civil war has given its completed report to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The three-member panel was set up last year to probe accountability for any alleged human rights violations during the final months of the conflict.

The nearly three-decade-long war ended in May of 2009 with the Sri Lankan military defeating the Tamil Tiger rebels. The rebels were fighting for an independent homeland for ethnic Tamils, claiming discrimination by the majority-Sinhalese government.

The U.N. says 7,000 civilians were killed in the final phase of the conflict, and thousands of others were displaced.

Amnesty International on Tuesday urged the U.N. to make its report on war crimes public.

The rights group says both sides have committed abuses, with Tamil Tigers recruiting child soldiers and using civilians as human shields, and the Sri Lankan army shelling densely populated civilian areas.

Secretary-General Ban said Tuesday a copy of the U.N. panel's report will be shared with the Sri Lankan government before it is made public.

Sri Lanka has its own commission probing the civil war and has previously rejected the creation of a U.N. panel.

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