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Sri Lanka loses rights body bid

Sri Lanka has failed to be re-elected to the UN's Human Rights Council after heavy criticism of its own record.

Japan, Bahrain, South Korea and Pakistan beat Sri Lanka and East Timor to the four places in the Asia group of the 47-member body.

Campaigners say Sri Lanka is guilty of widespread human rights violations, claims denied by the government.

Human Rights Watch said recently that far from being on the council, Sri Lanka should be investigated by it.

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