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Colombo, June 01, 2010
Last Updated: 08:42 IST(1/6/2010)

One year after the end of the Sri Lankan civil war, one of the Indian doctors who treated Tamil refugees during the last months of the conflict says there were “massive casualties” among the civilian population. (more…)

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(AFP) – 05 May/2010

COLOMBO — Sri Lanka plans to set up a reconciliation commission to foster ethnic unity as the island emerges from nearly four decades of bloody conflict, a state-run newspaper said Wednesday. (more…)

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By: Malathi de Alwis
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 4 May 2010 09.00 BST

It was heartening to hear President Mahinda Rajapakse identifying reconciliation and development as the priorities of his new government. However, it is crucial that both processes should unfold with the active involvement of Sri Lanka’s citizenry, rather than being imposed from above by an omnipotent state. We seem to already have plenty of intimations of the latter. (more…)

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JAFFNA, 29 April 2010 (IRIN) – Sri Lankan Muslims displaced during the country’s decades-long civil war are slowly returning home, but the challenge of reconciling with their Tamil neighbours, and their past, remains.

About 75,000 Muslims were evicted in October 1990 from the northern districts of Jaffna, Mannar, Kilinochchi, Mullaithivu and some parts of Vavuniya by the now-defeated Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who were fighting for an independent Tamil homeland. (more…)

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Last Updated: 2010-04-27 20:57:58

New Delhi: India and Sri Lanka on Tuesday discussed the issue of Tamils displaced during the military action against the LTTE and highlighted the need for their expeditious resettlement with dignity. (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 REUTERS

* 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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