UN Human Rights Council To Hold Special Sri Lanka Session

Agence France-Presse reports that The U.N. human rights council will hold a special session next week on the situation in Sri Lanka.

"It is hoped that the holding of this special session will contribute towards the cause of peace", said Human Rights Council President Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi about Monday's meeting, fixed after a call from 17 member nations.

"The Human Rights Council cannot be silent when innocent civilians are caught up in armed conflicts," he said.

Meanwhile the doctor's who spoke to the media from the Tamil Tiger controlled 'Safe Zone' have been detained by the Sri Lanka.

Associated Press
Varatharajah was the chief government health official in the Mullaittivu district, while Sathyamurthi was a top official in the Kilinochchi district. Their presence in rebel-controlled territory highlighted a quirk of the long civil war here. While the rebels controlled a mini-state in the north, the government ran the social services there to prove its continued sovereignty over the area.

The U.N. said it believed the doctors had been detained as well.

"To the best of our knowledge, the doctors are in the custody of the government. We understood that Dr. Varatharajah was wounded and is in the hospital," U.N. spokesman Gordon Weiss said.

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