Rights group: No justice yet in Sri Lanka massacre

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Posted: Aug 01, 2013 9:38 AM

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A human rights group says Sri Lanka's government has made no real progress in punishing those responsible for the execution-style slaying of 17 workers for a French aid agency seven years ago, despite repeated international calls for action.

New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a statement Thursday that the government "is good at throwing bones to the international community" but has not made serious efforts to find and punish those responsible for serious abuses.

The Sri Lankan employees of Action Against Hunger were found dead in August 2006 in a region that was rocked by heavy fighting between government soldiers and separatist Tamil Tiger rebels.

The massacre raised an international outcry and demands for an independent investigation.