US Congressman calls for war crimes probe

us congress     Representative Eliot Engel, a Democrat member on the Foreign Affairs Committee of the US Congress, has written to Secretary of State John Kerry expressing serious concern regarding the deterioration of democracy and lack of progress on reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka.

Saying the Government of Sri Lanka is unwilling to implement the recommendations of the LLRC, Engel has called on Secretary Kerry to support an Independent International Investigation into allegations of war crimes in Sri Lanka.

However, the congressman said while the government should be applauded for some efforts at rehabilitation and reconstruction in the North, it has made little progress in addressing the conflict’s underlying issues. Eliot Engel also highlighted the 18th constitutional amendment which he has described as a dangerous pattern.

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