UN council endorses delay to Sri Lanka war crimes report
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UN council endorses delay to Sri Lanka war crimes report

BERLIN (AP) — The United Nations Human Rights Council has delayed by six months a report into alleged war crimes committed during Sri Lanka’s civil war, a move sought by the country’s new government.

The council agreed Monday to delay releasing the report from March until September. Council president Joachim Ruecker said that, in recommending the move, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein noted there was a “possibility that new information will become available” for the report.

Thousands of civilians are suspected to have died in 2009 when government forces crushed a quarter-century fight for an ethnic homeland by ethnic Tamil rebels.

Sri Lanka’s new government says it wants time to set up its own judicial mechanism to probe rights violations that would follow up on the U.N. report’s findings.