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Probe into LTTE crimes should start with Colonel Karuna, says HRW: Human Rights Watch (HRW) on March 28 said that Sri Lanka should act on the call by the Deputy Minister V Muralitharan, known as Colonel Karuna, to investigate war crimes by examining his own role in serious abuses. Karuna was effectively the second-in-command of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the head of its eastern province forces until he split from its leader V Prabhakaran in March 2004. Daily Mirror, March 29, 2013.

LTTE aspiration of an Eelam state a dream then and now, says President Mahinda Rajapaksa: President Mahinda Rajapaksa, at the presentation of Presidential Colours to the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment in Boyagane town of Kurunegala District in the North Western Province on March 22 said that the Government had made the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) aspiration of an Eelam state a dream. He added that the Government was aware that it had to face the consequences, when the humanitarian operation began. Daily News, March 23, 2013.

UNHRC adopts resolution sponsored by the United States: The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on March 21, adopted the resolution sponsored by the United States with 25 votes in favour, 13 against and 8 abstentions. Adopting the resolution, the 47-member UNHRC reiterated its call made in the resolution adopted last year for Sri Lanka to effectively implement the constructive recommendations made in the report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and to take all necessary measures to initiate credible and independent actions to ensure justice, equity, accountability and reconciliation for all Sri Lankans. ColomboPage, March 22, 2013.

UNHRC adopts UPR on Sri Lanka: The United Nation Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on March 15 adopted the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on Sri Lanka in Geneva. Sri Lanka's Special Envoy of the President on Human Rights Minister of Plantation Industries Mahinda Samarasinghe delivered a statement to the Council on Sri Lanka's progress in the promotion of human rights. ColomboPage, March 16, 2013.

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