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July 14, 2009

TamilNet : Notorious commander appointed Governor of Northern Province
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has appointed Chief-of-Staff of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) Maj. Gen. G.A. Chandrasiri as the new Governor of the Northern Province. Maj. Gen. Chandrasiri was the former chief of the SLA in Jaffna, under whose command Jaffna witnessed hundreds of forced disappearances, extra-judicial killings and other human rights violations in the period from 2006 to 2008.

AFP : Sri Lanka Tamil ally demands freedom for civilians
Sri Lanka’s main moderate Tamil political group Sunday accused the government of holding some 300,000 war-displaced civilians in “open prisons” and demanded their immediate release.

The Tamil United Liberation Front said in a letter to President Mahinda Rajapakse that the ethnic Tamils who managed to escape the fighting between troops and Tamil rebels had no freedom of movement.

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