US presses Sri Lanka to prosecute human rights abusers, stop abductions in rebel territory
The United States is pressing Sri Lanka to improve its human rights record by prosecuting more rights abusers and stopping disappearances in rebel-held areas.Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns told Sri Lanka's visiting Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama that the U.S. government also was unhappy over "ongoing threats to freedom of the press" in Sri Lanka, the State Department said
The Sri Lankan government controls the northern Jaffna peninsula, and most of the so-called disappearances occur in the southern area, where Tamil rebels are active.
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