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As the dust settles, SL’s 60 decades of discrimination continues…

May 27, 2009

SMH : Killings and torture drive out Tamils: aid workers
THE Sri Lankan Government has been accused of “ethnic cleansing” following its victory over the Tamil Tigers in the nation’s 26-year civil war, as rivals clamber to fill the void left by the death of the Tamil Tiger chief, Velupillai Prabhakaran.

Aid officials, human rights campaigners and politicians claim Tamils have been driven out of north-eastern areas by killings and kidnappings carried out by pro-Government militias.

They say the Government has also encouraged members of the Sinhalese majority in the south to relocate to the north.

One foreign charity worker said the number of Tamils disappearing around Trincomalee, 80 kilometres south of the final conflict zone in Mullaitivu, had increased in the last three months.

Times Online : Tamil refugees beg to learn fate of relatives held as terrorists
The task of tracking down lost relatives is complicated by the fact that inmates are forbidden to leave the camp just as foreign aid vehicles are forbidden to enter — because of the risk, the Government says, that fighters inside may escape. When the UN pressed for unfettered access, Sri Lanka said that it would be given as soon as it had finished screening the camps for remaining fighters — in three to four weeks.

However, on a rare military-led visit to the camp yesterday, officials admitted that no such screening was taking place, raising questions over the purpose of the continued detentions. “No formal screening at the camps, no,” Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara, the military spokesman, said.

Guardian, UK : Sri Lankans divided by war: Tamils trapped in internment camps tell of desperate hunt for loved ones
The three children standing in the dirt outside the tent in Sri Lanka’s newest internment camp have not seen their mother for weeks, ever since a shell exploded next to the bunker where they had taken cover, ripping a hole in her stomach.

Medics rushed 29-year-old Sandi to a makeshift hospital, where doctors operated to save her life. All that Sandi’s husband, 33-year-old Yogisuran, and the children – Thuyamthini, Kuwanthini and Thusiyanthini – know is that she was later evacuated on a ship by the International Committee of the Red Cross. They have not seen her since, and trapped with tens of thousands of others in the Menik Farm camp they are powerless to do anything about it.

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