Sri Lanka to Tally Civil War Dead

    People carry coffins of their relatives for burial during a mass burial ceremony for victims of Thursday's landmine explosion by suspected Tiger rebels that killed at least 64 people, in Kabithigollewa village, about 210 kilometers (131 miles) north of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, June 16, 2006. With each side blaming each other for the rising tensions, some 10,000 mourners prayed at a funeral for 61 of the victims, 15 children among them. The bus bombing was Sri Lanka's worst single act of violence since the government and Tigers signed a cease-fire in 2002, and it renewed fears of a return to war.(AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

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    The thirty-year civil war in the island nation of Sri Lanka and the human rights abuses that took place continue to haunt Sri Lanka on the world stage. After leaders of India, Canada and Mauritius boycotted the Commonwealth summit in the country due to its human rights record, the government announced it will conduct its first census to calculate “human and property damages” from the war. In 2012, the UN said that Sri Lanka was second in the world (behind Iraq) in terms of unresolved missing persons. In the last months of the civil war alone, tens of thousands of civilians are thought to have been slaughtered.

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