Sri Lanka Human Rights Panel Is Criticized

June 10, 2007

"An international panel appointed by the government of Sri Lanka has issued a stark indictment of a presidential commission impaneled to investigate serious human rights violations, saying that its activities so far 'do not satisfy international norms and standards'...In an interview last month, the chairman of the commission of inquiry, Nissanka Kumara Udalagama, said the commission had not heard from a single witness in the killings of the aid workers, its first case. 'There are witnesses, but they are frightened to come forward,' he said."