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IDP camps – mass arbitrary detention- Amnesty

September 17, 2009

JDS : IDP camps have become places of mass arbitrary detention- Amnesty tells UN Human Rights Council

Amnesty International is concerned about the lack of effective implementation of commitments undertaken by the Sri Lankan Government to protect the human rights of displaced civilians. The special session on Sri Lanka, convened by the Human Rights Council in May reflected the international community’s grave concern with the situation faced by civilians in the wake of Sri Lanka’s armed conflict. Prior to the special session, in the context of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s visit to Sri Lanka, the Government of Sri Lanka made a number of commitments to promote and protect human rights and to ensure assistance to persons affected by conflict. The government promised to provide access for humanitarian agencies to internally displaced persons (IDPs), to ‘dismantle the welfare villages at the earliest’ and to resettle the bulk of the IDPs. Resolution S-11/1 adopted by the Council (although unsatisfactory in its failure to make specific human rights recommendations) was based on and reflected these undertakings.

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