Posts Tagged ‘Eric Schwartz’


* Colombo says to resettle 75,000 by end of August

* U.S. seeks end to detention, faster resettlement

WASHINGTON, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Sri Lanka has indicated it plans to release by the end of August 75,000 of the 280,000 Tamil civilians confined to displacement camps since the close of the country’s civil war, a senior U.S. official said on Friday, welcoming the news but urging Colombo to move faster.

Eric Schwartz, U.S. assistant secretary at the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, visited the camps late last month and said the figures were “encouraging news.”

But the United States, which has provided aid to the camps and is ready to offer more to help the displaced Tamils go home, was dismayed so many were being held against their will, he said. (more…)

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The Sri Lankan government should immediately release more than 280,000 displaced Tamil civilians living in detention camps, a leading human rights group said Wednesday.

Human Rights Watch said the displaced Sri Lankans were already victims of a protracted and bloody civil war. Now they are victims again, confined against their will, like criminals, the global watchdog group said.

“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 for Human Right Watch. “Haven’t they been through enough?” (more…)

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