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Catholic bishops want international probe into chemical weapon use

Whilst meeting the US Ambassador at large for War Crimes, Stephen J. Rapp, Catholic bishops called for an international investigation into Sri Lanka’s use of cluster bombs and chemical weapons against Tamil civilians.

Rev. Rayappu Joseph and Rev. Thomas Saundaranayaga briefed Rapp, who was accompanied by US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Michele Sison, on the use of such weapons by Sri Lankan government forces as well as attacks on hospitals and places of worship, alongside the blockade of food and medicine to Tamil civilians.

TamilNet also reported the Mannar Bishop telling the American ambassadors about the ongoing structural genocide that continues to take place, after the end of the armed conflict.

Read more from the Associated Press here.

Also see more on Sri Lanka’s cluster bomb and chemical weapon use below:

UN team confirms cluster bomb use in Sri Lanka (26 April 2012)

More evidence of Sri Lanka’s use of cluster munitions and white phosphorous bombs (27 April 2012)  

Phosphorus attacks covered up in hospitals (02 November 2013)