Families of Sri Lanka’s war crime victims vow to fight on for justice Feb 26, 2021 0 433 12345 dpa ColomboA defiant group representing families whose kith and kin were killed in Sri Lanka’s drawn-out conflict that ended nearly 12 years ago have vowed to continue their campaign for justice, as the UN Human Rights council debated the issue in Geneva.Relatives of people declared as “missing” in the conflict that affected the north and eastern parts of Sri Lanka said a protest campaign that entered its fifth year on Thursday would go on despite attempts to get them to suspend their efforts.As the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council got under way this week, Leeladevi Anandanadarajah, the secretary of the Enforced Missing Persons Federation (NE) in northern Kilinochchi, was summoned by the Terrorism Investigation Department (TID), a police unit, for questioning.“We are convinced that only international community-backed intervention will provide us with answers as successive governments failed to provide justice,” she said.Addressing the Human Rights Council on Wednesday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said domestic initiatives had repeatedly failed to ensure justice for victims and promote reconciliation.“Despite commitments made in 2015, the current government, like its predecessor, has failed to pursue genuine truth-seeking or accountability processes,” she said.Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, addressing the Council on Monday, refuted allegations made by Bachelet in her report on Sri Lanka, saying some of the contents were based on disputed reports.Sri Lanka’s 26-year conflict between Tamil rebels and the armed forces ended in May 2009, claiming over 100,000 lives. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Armenians rally as prime minister accuses military of coup attempt Feb 26, 2021 0 370 Euphoria as Pakistan, India agree to adhere to Kashmir ceasefire Feb 26, 2021 0 313 Indian coastguard aiding Rohingya adrift in sea, says UN agency Feb 26, 2021 0 44 IS no longer capable of complex attacks, says terrorism expert London: The Islamic State terror militia is no longer capable of carrying out complex attacks, London-based German terrorism researcher Peter Neumann said in remarks published Thursday in the daily Augsburger .. Six killed, one missing in landslide at Indonesian mining site Jakarta: Six people were found dead and another was still missing after a mudslide buried workers at an illegal gold mining site in Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi province, officials said on Thursday. Sixteen .. Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung ejects ash 1,500 metres into sky Jakarta: Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province erupted on Thursday, sending ash 1,500 metres into the sky. The eruption lasted more than 3 minutes, but there were no reports of casualties, according to .. Former prisoners of war used as slave labourers in N Korea dpa Seoul North Korea has forced thousands of former South Korean prisoners of war and their descendants to work in mines for several decades, a human rights organization said on Thursday. Citizens’ Alliance for North .. Syria: COVID vaccination campaign from next week dpa Damascus Syria will start rolling out Covid-19 vaccinations to health workers next week, Health Minister Hassan Ghabbash said on Thursday, after Damascus received vaccines from a “friendly country.” In comments ..