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Need for DNA analysis and identification of exhumed remains in Sri Lanka – US committee

The United States Senate Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific stated that there was a need to prosecute perpetrators of mass atrocities and DNA analysis of remains in several countries, including Sri Lanka, in a report released last week.

The report, which opposed a 92% cut in US aid to Sri Lanka, said that the committee “recognizes that there is an ongoing need for DNA analysis and identification of exhumed remains”.

Sri Lanka was named alongside other countries, including Syria, Iraq, Colombia, El Salvador and Guatemala, in which forensic identification was needed.

In these countries, there was also a need for “judicial investigations and prosecution of those responsible for crimes against humanity and other gross violations of human rights,” the committee continued.

Although opposing a complete aid cut, the US Senate committee approved harsher conditions on funds to Sri Lanka.

See the full text of the report here.