Sri Lanka war panel hears Tamil grievances

A Sri Lankan government war commission has heard testimonies from Tamils alleging their loved ones were abducted or detained by the army.

The witnesses came forward to speak of their missing sons or husbands at a hearing in Vavuniya, northern Sri Lanka, close to the former war frontline.

The panel has invited people to speak - either in public or in private - of their experiences of war.

The government has dismissed calls for an independent inquiry.

Charles Haviland reports from Vavuniya.

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