State Department Issues Report on Sri Lankan War

Late in October 2009, the United States Department of State’s Office of War Crimes Issues released a report that raises serious questions involving the closing days of the Sri Lankan war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Developed at the request of Congress, the report outlines conduct that “may constitute violations of international humanitarian law or crimes against humanity.” Among the incidents cited are the execution of Tamil leaders after surrender, the lack of food, medicine and clean water in the designated no-fire zone, the use of child soldiers, and the disappearance of Tamil civilians, in particular children and young men.

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