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    Posted: 3/22/2012 11:55:47 AM EST
    Sri Lankan government supporters decorate a street with Buddhist flags and cutouts of president Mahinda Rajapaksa during a prayer session organized to seek blessings against a proposed U.N. resolution calling on Sri Lanka to probe wartime rights abuses, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, March 21, 2012. The U.N. Human Rights Council is expected to vote on the resolution this week. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
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    Posted: 3/22/2012 11:55:47 AM EST
    Sri Lankan Buddhist monks, who are supporters of the government, protest outside the Indian High Commission urging India not to support a proposed U.N. resolution calling on Sri Lanka to probe wartime rights abuses, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, March 21, 2012. The monks marched to the Indian Embassy on Wednesday with a large banner saying that support for the resolution would hurt the long-standing friendship between the two countries. The U.N. Human Rights Council is expected to vote on the resolution this week. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
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    Posted: 3/22/2012 11:55:47 AM EST
    Sri Lankan Buddhist monks stage a silent protest outside the Indian High Commission, denouncing the proposed U.N. Human Rights resolution on alleged rights abuses during the country's civil war, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, March 21, 2012. The resolution is expected to be put to vote at the United Nations Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva this week. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
  •  - Sri Lankan handicapped soldiers in wheelchairs call for the defeat of a U.N. resolution calling on Sri Lanka to probe wartime human rights abuses in Colombo

    Sri Lankan handicapped soldiers in wheelchairs call for the defeat of a U.N. resolution calling on Sri Lanka to probe wartime human rights abuses in Colombo

    Posted: 3/22/2012 10:57:06 AM EST
    Sri Lankan handicapped soldiers in wheelchairs call for the defeat of a U.N. resolution calling on Sri Lanka to probe wartime human rights abuses in Colombo March 22, 2012. Sri Lanka should ensure government troops who committed war crimes during the final stages of its war against Tamil rebels are brought to justice, the U.N. Human Rights Council said on Thursday. Despite heavy lobbying by a 70-strong team from Colombo, the Geneva-based forum adopted a resolution put forward by the United States urging the Sri Lanka government to implement the recommendations of an official Sri Lankan probe. That commission called for the prosecution of soldiers guilty of misconduct. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte (SRI LANKA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS CRIME LAW)
  •  - Sri Lanka ruling party lawmakers demonstrate in front of the parliament against the U.N. Human Rights Council in Colombo

    Sri Lanka ruling party lawmakers demonstrate in front of the parliament against the U.N. Human Rights Council in Colombo

    Posted: 3/22/2012 10:45:42 AM EST
    Sri Lanka ruling party lawmakers demonstrate in front of the parliament against the U.N. Human Rights Council in Colombo March 22, 2012. Sri Lanka should ensure government troops who committed war crimes during the final stages of its war against Tamil rebels are brought to justice, the U.N. Human Rights Council said on Thursday. Despite heavy lobbying by a 70-strong team from Colombo, the Geneva-based forum adopted a resolution put forward by the United States urging the Sri Lanka government to implement the recommendations of an official Sri Lankan probe. That commission called for the prosecution of soldiers guilty of misconduct. REUTERS/Stringer (SRI LANKA - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST)
  •  - Buddhist monks from the National Sangha Council (NSC) stand near an image of India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a silent protest in Colombo

    Buddhist monks from the National Sangha Council (NSC) stand near an image of India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a silent protest in Colombo

    Posted: 3/21/2012 4:39:35 AM EST
    Buddhist monks from the National Sangha Council (NSC) stand near an image of India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a silent protest in front of the Indian High commission to Sri Lanka, in Colombo March 21, 2012. The Sangha Council wants to request to the Indian government not to hamper relations between the two countries by deciding to support the U.S.-backed resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions in Geneva, according to the local media. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte (SRI LANKA - Tags: RELIGION POLITICS)
  •  - Buddhist monks from the National Sangha Council (NSC) stand in front of the High Commission of India in Sri Lanka

    Buddhist monks from the National Sangha Council (NSC) stand in front of the High Commission of India in Sri Lanka

    Posted: 3/21/2012 4:34:33 AM EST
    Buddhist monks from the National Sangha Council (NSC) stand in front of the High Commission of India in Sri Lanka before handing over a petition at the end of a silent protest in Colombo March 21, 2012. The Sangha Council wants to request to the Indian government not to hamper relations between the two countries by deciding to support the U.S.-backed resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions in Geneva, according to the local media. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte (SRI LANKA - Tags: RELIGION POLITICS)
  •  - Buddhist monks from the National Sangha Council (NSC) march towards the High Commission of India in Sri Lanka

    Buddhist monks from the National Sangha Council (NSC) march towards the High Commission of India in Sri Lanka

    Posted: 3/21/2012 4:32:17 AM EST
    Buddhist monks from the National Sangha Council (NSC) march towards the High Commission of India in Sri Lanka before handing over a petition at the end of a silent protest in Colombo March 21, 2012. The Sangha Council wants to request to the Indian government not to hamper relations between the two countries by deciding to support the U.S.-backed resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions in Geneva, according to the local media. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte (SRI LANKA - Tags: RELIGION POLITICS)
  •  - Buddhist monks from the National Sangha Council (NSC) stand outside the High Commission of India in Sri Lanka

    Buddhist monks from the National Sangha Council (NSC) stand outside the High Commission of India in Sri Lanka

    Posted: 3/21/2012 4:30:51 AM EST
    Buddhist monks from the National Sangha Council (NSC) stand outside the High Commission of India in Sri Lanka before handing over a petition at the end of a silent protest in Colombo March 21, 2012. The Sangha Council wants to request to the Indian government not to hamper relations between the two countries by deciding to support the U.S.-backed resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions in Geneva, according to the local media. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte (SRI LANKA - Tags: RELIGION POLITICS)
  •  - Buddhist monks from National Sangha Council leave after handing over a petition to the High Commission of India in Sri Lanka

    Buddhist monks from National Sangha Council leave after handing over a petition to the High Commission of India in Sri Lanka

    Posted: 3/21/2012 4:28:28 AM EST
    Buddhist monks from the National Sangha Council (NSC) leave after handing over a petition to the High Commission of India in Sri Lanka at the end of a silent protest outside the High Commission in Colombo March 21, 2012. The Sangha Council wants to request to the Indian government not to hamper relations between the two countries by deciding to support the U.S.-backed resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions in Geneva, according to the local media. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte (SRI LANKA - Tags: RELIGION POLITICS)
  •  - Police officers stand guard in front of the British Embassy during a protest march by pro-government supporters in Colombo

    Police officers stand guard in front of the British Embassy during a protest march by pro-government supporters in Colombo

    Posted: 3/20/2012 6:46:57 AM EST
    Police officers stand guard in front of the British embassy during a protest march by pro-government supporters in Colombo March 20, 2012. Hundreds of demonstrators held a protest march towards the British embassy to denounce Western moves to censure Sri Lanka at this week's UN Human Rights Council meeting. The U.S. has moved the Human Rights Council to censure Colombo over alleged war crimes against humanity in the final phase of its separatist war that ended in May 2009. REUTERS/Stringer (SRI LANKA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)
  •  - Pro-government supporters hold placards during a protest outside of the British embassy in Colombo

    Pro-government supporters hold placards during a protest outside of the British embassy in Colombo

    Posted: 3/20/2012 6:39:53 AM EST
    Pro-government supporters hold placards during a protest outside of the British embassy in Colombo March 20, 2012. Hundreds of demonstrators held a protest march towards the British Embassy to denounce Western moves to censure Sri Lanka at this week's UN Human Rights Council meeting. The U.S. has moved the Human Rights Council to censure Colombo over alleged war crimes against humanity in the final phase of its separatist war that ended in May 2009. REUTERS/Stringer (SRI LANKA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
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    Posted: 3/20/2012 4:40:45 AM EST
    Young Buddhist monks walk during a street march ahead of a prayer session, denouncing the proposed U.N. Human Rights Council resolution on alleged rights abuses during the country's civil war, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, March 19, 2012. Hundreds of Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and Christian clergy representing the main religions of Sri Lanka took part in a ceremony to pray for the defeat of a United States-backed resolution urging the country to investigate allegations of war crimes in the final stages of the country's civil war. The resolution is expected to be put to voting at the United Nations Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva this week. (AP Photo/ Gemunu Amarasinghe)
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    Posted: 3/20/2012 4:40:45 AM EST
    Buddhist monks walk during the street march ahead of a prayer session, denouncing the proposed U.N. Human Rights Council resolution on alleged rights abuses during the country's civil war, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, March 19, 2012. Hundreds of Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and Christian clergy representing the main religions of Sri Lanka too part in a ceremony to pray for the defeat of a United States-backed resolution urging the country to investigate allegations of war crimes in the final stages of the country's civil war. The resolution is expected to be put to voting at the United Nations Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva this week. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
  •  - Sri Lankans hold Sri Lankan national flags as they march during a ceremony to pray for the defeat of a U.N. resolution calling on Sri Lanka to probe wartime human rights abuses in Colombo

    Sri Lankans hold Sri Lankan national flags as they march during a ceremony to pray for the defeat of a U.N. resolution calling on Sri Lanka to probe wartime human rights abuses in Colombo

    Posted: 3/19/2012 3:02:25 PM EST
    Sri Lankans hold Sri Lankan national flags as they march during a ceremony to pray for the defeat of a U.N. resolution calling on Sri Lanka to probe wartime human rights abuses in Colombo March 19, 2012. Religious leaders led by thousands of Buddhist priests march in procession, as Sri Lanka faces a major setback in its effort to defeat a resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council recommending prosecution of soldiers guilty of misconduct in the final phases of the war against the Tamil Tiger rebels. REUTERS/Stringer (SRI LANKA - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION)
  •  - A Buddhist nun prays during a ceremony for the defeat of a U.N. resolution calling on Sri Lanka to probe wartime human rights abuses in Colombo

    A Buddhist nun prays during a ceremony for the defeat of a U.N. resolution calling on Sri Lanka to probe wartime human rights abuses in Colombo

    Posted: 3/19/2012 2:48:52 PM EST
    A Buddhist nun prays during a ceremony for the defeat of a U.N. resolution calling on Sri Lanka to probe wartime human rights abuses in Colombo March 19, 2012. Religious leaders led by thousands of Buddhist priests march in procession, as Sri Lanka faces a major setback in its effort to defeat a resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council recommending prosecution of soldiers guilty of misconduct in the final phases of the war against the Tamil Tiger rebels. REUTERS/Stringer (SRI LANKA - Tags: RELIGION POLITICS)
  •  - Buddhist monks pray during a ceremony for the defeat of a U.N. resolution calling on Sri Lanka to probe wartime human rights abuses in Colombo

    Buddhist monks pray during a ceremony for the defeat of a U.N. resolution calling on Sri Lanka to probe wartime human rights abuses in Colombo

    Posted: 3/19/2012 2:45:20 PM EST
    Buddhist monks pray during a ceremony for the defeat of a U.N. resolution calling on Sri Lanka to probe wartime human rights abuses in Colombo March 19, 2012. Religious leaders led by thousands of Buddhist priests march in procession, as Sri Lanka faces a major setback in its effort to defeat a resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council recommending prosecution of soldiers guilty of misconduct in the final phases of the war against the Tamil Tiger rebels. REUTERS/Stringer (SRI LANKA - Tags: RELIGION POLITICS)
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    Posted: 3/16/2012 1:45:46 AM EST
    Supporters of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa hold placards while protesting in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, March 15, 2012. Ethnic Tamil lawmakers in Sri Lanka asked the United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday to press the government to investigate alleged wartime abuses and share power with the ethnic minority to prevent the country from sliding back into violence. The placards read "Federation of Self - Employees" and on the portrait of Rajapaksa on left "Pride."(AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
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    Posted: 3/16/2012 1:45:46 AM EST
    Supporters of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa hold placards and Sri Lankan flags as they shout slogans during a protest in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, March 15, 2012. Ethnic Tamil lawmakers in Sri Lanka asked the United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday to press the government to investigate alleged wartime abuses and share power with the ethnic minority to prevent the country from sliding back into violence. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
  •  - A demonstrator holds up an image of Sri Lanka's president Mahinda Rajapaksa in front of the UN head office during a protest in Colombo

    A demonstrator holds up an image of Sri Lanka's president Mahinda Rajapaksa in front of the UN head office during a protest in Colombo

    Posted: 3/15/2012 6:57:55 AM EST
    A demonstrator holds up an image of Sri Lanka's president Mahinda Rajapaksa in front of the United Nations (UN) head office during a protest in Colombo March 15, 2012. According to local media, the protesters were against the ongoing discussion at the Human Rights Council Session (UNHRC) in Geneva about war crimes committed by Sri Lankan troops against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte (SRI LANKA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)