BBC reports: Sri Lanka warned on 'war crimes'
More than 6,500 Tamil civilians were killed in three months and more than 20,000 wounded due to the indiscriminate multi-barrel artillery shelling, aerial bombings, chemical weapons used by the Sri Lankan armed forces in the Vanni region, the Tamil Homeland, where the Tamils are fighting for a separate state; Tamil Eelam. Around 450,000 civilians are affected by this unjust, inhuman attrocities. Many end-up in the IDP 'detention camps' run by the army that are in violation with the International Human Rights and Humanitarian Laws. Tamils are forced to hide out in a small territory and an economic embargo are put in place on them by the Sri Lankan government; that are a clear violation of Geneva conventions. International media, Internatioanl Human Rights organisations, International Humanitarian assistance are not allowed into the Tamils area by the Sri Lankan government. A war without witness is on the full foot against Tamils.
The UK has told Sri Lanka it may face a potential war crimes probe over deaths of civilians in the island's conflict, a Foreign Office minister has said.
In a Commons debate, Bill Rammell said a UN estimate of 6,500 casualties since January was "shocking and appalling".
He said Britain backed an early inquiry into shelling by government forces fighting Tamil Tiger separatist rebels.
Labour MP Keith Vaz, chairman of the home affairs committee, appealed for UK intervention to stop the conflict.
The debate also heard demands for diplomatic relations be broken off with Sri Lanka.
Mr Rammell told the Commons the message from the UK government was that the "killing has to stop".
"The use of heavy weapons in an area of such intense civilian occupation will inevitably lead to civilian casualties, making it very difficult to comply with the requirements under international law to minimise civilian casualties," he said.
"We would support an early investigation into all incidents that may have resulted in civilian casualties, particularly the reported shelling of hospitals, to determine whether war crimes have been committed."
In response to a question from Liberal Democrat foreign affairs spokesman Edward Davey, Mr Rammell said the government had made it "absolutely clear" to Sri Lanka that it supports an investigation on "any allegations of war crimes".
He added: "We have consistently maintained that both sides have to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law and do everything possible to avoid putting civilians at unnecessary risk."
Tory spokesman Keith Simpson said he supported the government's efforts and raised concerns about the conditions in the conflict zone.
Mr Vaz said: "That so many people should be in such a small area attempting to live, let alone under fire, is absolutely horrific."
He said: "We intervened in Kosovo. I accepted the dossier that the then prime minister presented to the House. I voted to intervene in Iraq. I say we cannot stand aside."
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