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Sri Lanka ‘pressure’ over murders

July 27, 2009

BBC – Sri Lanka ‘pressure’ over murders

Relatives of murdered aid workers in Sri Lanka say they do not want to press for more compensation from the French charity that employed them.

They say the Sri Lankan government has given them letters to sign seeking more money from Action Against Hunger.

The authorities deny the letters exist, but the BBC has seen copies of them.

There was an outcry when the 17 aid workers were killed in 2006. Critics say Sri Lanka has a long history of failing to prosecute rights abuses.

The aid staff – all but one of them ethnic Tamils – were working on tsunami relief projects in the north-eastern town of Muttur when they were killed on 4 August 2006.

Nordic monitors overseeing a truce in the country’s civil war at the time blamed security forces, who denied the charge.

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