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Various groups speak out against SL

July 2, 2009

The Australian : Tamil refugees forced into sex rackets
CONDITIONS for about 300,000 refugees forcibly detained in camps across Sri Lanka remain dire, with reports of a prostitution racket run by officials in a remote camp.
Aid workers told The Australian yesterday officials at the internally displaced people’s camp in Pulmoddai, a remote northeast region, are running the prostitution ring using women kept in the camp.
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International Crisis Group : Sri Lanka: After the War
“Sri Lankan judiciary is not working in a fair and impartial way that secures justice and human rights for everyone regardless of ethnicity. This risks undermining the government’s recent military victory over the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam). A durable national reconciliation process is only possible if human and constitutional rights are fully restored.”
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Asian Human Rights Commission : SRI LANKA: Registers on entry and leaving of internally displaced persons needs to be created urgently to prevent forced disappearances
Every day 20 to 30 young persons are taken away and their whereabouts are unknown, a leading human rights organisation in Sri Lanka, INFORM, reported this week. The source of information is the testimonies of the relatives of the IDPs who have visited the camps. There are severe restrictions on civil society organisations and the media visiting the camps.
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BBC : Lawyers put Sri Lanka in the dock
The Sri Lankan government and its legal profession must do more to strengthen the rule of law, according to a panel of international lawyers.
After a fact finding mission earlier this year, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) expressed serious concern over the threats to the justice system, legal profession and the state of media in Sri Lanka.
It concluded that “attacks against human rights lawyers form part of a pattern of intimidation routinely directed against members of civil society, NGOs and journalists who are perceived to be critical of the government or its policies”.
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