Sri Lankan protesters decry UN call for wartime abuses probe
Published Tuesday, March 20, 2012 6:14AM EDT
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Thousands of people have protested outside the British Embassy in Sri Lanka's capital, urging Britain not to support a proposed UN resolution calling on Sri Lanka to probe wartime rights abuses.
Protesters shouted slogans Tuesday and displayed placards that read, "UK, don't support terrorism. Be friendly to Sri Lanka."
Sri Lanka's government sees the U.S.-backed resolution as interference in the country's internal affairs and has organized several protests to oppose it, including the one Tuesday. The UN Human Rights Council is expected to vote on the resolution this week.
Sri Lankan soldiers defeated Tamil Tiger rebels to end a quarter-century civil war in 2009. Both sides have been accused of serious human rights violations.