The video in this is incredible. Watch it.

The Times – Slaughter in Sri Lanka<br/> Evidence gathered by The Times has revealed that at least 20,000 Tamils were killed on the beach by shelling as the army closed in on the Tigers

“Deeply disappointing” was how a human rights group yesterday described the vote in the United Nations Human Rights Council hailing the victory of the Sri Lankan Government. This is a breathtaking understatement. It was an utter disgrace. The 47-member body, set up in 2006 to replace the previous corrupt and ineffectual UN Commission on Human Rights, has abjectly failed one of its first and most important tests.

I think I’ll go away and be depressed now.

*Update (5.30):**

The Times – The United Nations response is shameful<br/> Sri Lanka’s citizens, like so many before them, have been failed by a limp Human Rights Council, by David Hannay (Lord Hannay of Chiswick is former British Ambassador to the UN)

The frequently invoked provisions of the UN Charter protecting state sovereignty against intervention do not override the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to which every member state of the UN has subscribed. Nor do the provisions release governments from their obligation to protect all their citizens, irrespective of their ethnic origin, religion or political beliefs. The case for an inquiry was unanswerable. It is shameful that it was not answered.

Unfortunately, the present instance is only the latest in a series of actions and inactions that have led even the most stalwart supporters of the UN to question the Human Rights Council as it is constituted and currently operating. It seems to be becoming even more highly politicised than its much criticised predecessor, the Commission on Human Rights. Facts, evidence and human rights law often seem to be disregarded in what has become a game of diplomatic manoeuvre.