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By Charles Haviland BBC News, Colombo. 17:16 GMT, Wednesday, 26 May 2010 18:16 UK

A United Nations agency has confirmed the closure of both the facilities which housed children who had been involved with the separatists.

Since the war ended, the government has been holding around 10,000 former Tamil Tiger members or fighters. (more…)

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By BBC NEWS

The London based human rights group, Amnesty International, has called on Sri Lanka authorities to properly address the human rights issues of thousands of displaced Tamils.

Nearly 300,000 IDPs (Internally Displaced People) are housed in camps in northern Sri Lankan district of Vavuniya.

Launching a campaign titled “Unlock the camps,” the AI has described the centres where the IDPs are kept as “detention camps”.

The government of Sri Lanka calls the holding facilities as “welfare centres”.

“The camps are overcrowded and unsanitary. They are run by the military and the camp residents are prevented from leaving them; they are denied basic legal safeguards,” a statement issued by the AI said. (more…)

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By HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

Eventual Resettlement No Excuse for Holding 280,000 Displaced Tamils

(New York) – The Sri Lankan government should immediately release the more than 280,000 internally displaced Tamil civilians held in detention camps in northern Sri Lanka, Human Rights Watch said today.

The government, in violation of international law, has since March 2008 confined virtually all civilians displaced by the fighting between government forces and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in detention camps, euphemistically called “welfare centers” by the government. Only a small number of camp residents, mainly the elderly, have been released to host families and institutions for the elderly.

“Keeping several hundred thousand civilians who had been caught in the middle of a war penned in these camps is outrageous,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Haven’t they been through enough? They deserve their freedom, like all other Sri Lankans.” (more…)

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