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Australia urges UNHRC to examine war crimes

Australia's foreign minister, Kevin Rudd, urged the UN Human Rights Council to examine allegations of war crimes in Sri Lanka.

Drawing attention to Sri Lanka's 'LLRC report', due out next month, Rudd reiterated the importance of addressing the concerns raised in the report by the UN panel of experts earlier this year.

"It is of fundamental importance that the upcoming Reconciliation Commission report deal with various questions which have now been raised in the UN report on allegations of human rights abuses in Sri Lanka,"

"Australia's national position is that the Human Rights Council also needs to revisit its earlier deliberations on this matter."

Rudd's comments come amidst growing calls in Australia for an independent investigation into alleged war crimes.

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