President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s office has interfered with a commission probing civil war rights abuses and murders that include some blamed on state security forces, international observers said on Dec. 19. The International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP) says the presidential probe into abuses, including a massacre of 17 aid workers last year that Nordic truce monitors have blamed on security forces, lacks transparency and fails to meet international standards. There was no immediate comment from the president’s office. (Reuters)

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