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Sri Lanka is facing a new UN resolution calling on it to hold human rights abusers to account and deliver justice to victims of its 26-year civil war.

Britain and others have circulated a draft of the resolution among UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) member states.

It is expected to be adopted at the end of the four-week UNHRC spring session in Geneva, which began on Monday.

Sri Lankan forces and Tamil rebels were accused of atrocities during the war, which killed at least 100,000 people.

"The victims from all communities of Sri Lanka's brutal civil war are, a decade later, still awaiting justice for loved ones murdered or missing, and dealing with the repercussions of violence and conflict," said Lord Ahmad, Britain's minister of state for South Asia and the Commonwealth.

Germany and Canada are among the six countries in the Britain-led Core Group on Sri Lanka.

Lord Ahmad said the resolution was a vital step towards reconciliation and peaceful relations among all of Sri Lanka's diverse communities and faith groups.

The UN and other aid agencies estimate that more than 40,000 people, mostly civilians from the minority Tamil community, were killed in the final stages of Sri Lanka's war against the Tamil Tiger rebels, who were crushed in May 2009. The UN human rights office accused both sides of atrocities during the conflict.Thousands went missing during the war and the Sri Lankan security agencies are blamed for the disappearance of Tamil rebels who either surrendered or were captured.

Since then, the families of Tamils who were killed or went missing have demanded justice and accountability. The Sri Lankan government has consistently denied targeting civilians and rejects all allegations it is guilty of enforced disappearances.

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