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UN: Lankan government harassed rights activists

GENEVA: The U.N. human rights office says Sri Lanka\'s government harassed activists who traveled to a meeting in Geneva this month to campaign for an investigation of alleged war crimes during

Published: 24th March 2012 10:26 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:41 PM   |  A+A-

GENEVA: The U.N. human rights office says Sri Lanka's government harassed activists who traveled to a meeting in Geneva this month to campaign for an investigation of alleged war crimes during the country's quarter-century conflict with the Tamil Tigers.

A spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights says members of the 71-strong official government delegation were among those who intimidated activists ahead of Thursday's U.N. vote.

Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva on Friday that pro-government media in Sri Lanka had been running "a continuous campaign of vilification" of activists.

He said Sri Lanka's ambassador in Geneva had also received an anonymous threat.

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