Sri Lanka has rejected what it calls a divisive and flawed report commissioned by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, which holds the government responsible for thousands of civilian deaths in its civil war.
“The public release of the report at this stage is divisive, and disrupts our efforts to reinforce peace, security and stability in Sri Lanka,” the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement and asserted that it feeds into the political agendas of interested parties.
Although the ministry did not identify those parties, Sri Lanka has long accused rights watchdogs and pro-Tamil Tiger groups in the Diaspora of fabricating atrocities to discredit the government and shift attention from the Tigers’ own crimes.
The report released late April highlighted, what it called, “credible allegations” that both the Sri Lankan army and Tamil Tiger rebels had been involved in violations that could amount to war crimes in the final months of the government’s offensive against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in which tens of thousands of civilians are estimated to have died.
Sri Lanka has repeatedly denied any rights violations and President Mahinda Rajapakse has called for a protest rally against any UN investigation.