| by Asoka Weeraratna from Milan Italy
(March 17, 2014, Milan, Sri Lanka Guardian) Hundreds of Sri Lankan living in Italy gathered in Central railway station Milan, on 16th March (Sunday) to protest UN human rights council’s resolution for an international probe into alleged war crimes at the final stages of the civil war in Sri Lanka.
Protesters, who had come from across Italy by bus and train, marched through Milan city centre and crowded into the front square of Central railway station.
They waved Sri Lankan national flags; posters, banners demanding not to interfere Sri Lanka and requested the world powerful countries not to promote terrorism. They also made an appeal to Italian government not to support to the anti Sri Lankan, U.S.-led resolution to the UN human rights council.
The demonstration came during a key annual session of the UN Human Rights Council, which later this month will be asked to consider a U.S.-led draft resolution calling for an international investigation into some allegations.
Colombo has flatly rejected the draft resolution and the report by UN chief Navi Pillay on which it was based as an unwarranted interference, and President Mahinda Rajapaksa has accused Washington of treating Colombo like Muhammad Ali s punching bag.