International response to Sri Lanka civilian deaths divided

03/19/2009 | Christian Science Monitor, The

Observers and aid organizations increasingly are alarmed about the status of 180,000 civilians trapped near the battleground where the government of Sri Lanka and the rebel Tamil Tigers are clashing. But international response remains measured. A recent exception to this is UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, who said government shelling of rebel positions might have resulted in 2,800 civilian deaths and "may constitute violations of international human rights and humanitarian law."

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