» 06/19/2009, 00.00
The tragedy of refugees in Sri Lanka, hidden from the eyes of the world
There is still no precise data on the number of people living in the centres. Colombo media do not speak of the plight of the internally displaced persons. An operator allowed into the Chettikulam camp states: “The Colombo government is only concerned with one thing: finding remaining members of the LTTE and killing them”.
25/05/2010 SRI LANKA
War heroes week divides Sri Lanka
Floods delay war heroes week, organized by the government to celebrate their defeat of the Tamil Tigers which claimed the lives of tens of thousands of civilians. According to Christian leaders, the people are still far from reconciliation and events like this contribute to widening the gap between Sinhalese and Tamil.
19/08/2009 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka: monsoon hits refugee camps, risk of disease and deaths
The first rains have damaged or destroyed 2 thousand shelters: 10 thousand people without shelter or sanitation. The most affected centre is Manik Farm in which around 280 thousand refugees are housed. Five deaths and latrines out of use with the risk of pollution of drinking water and the spread of diseases.
15/10/2009 SRI LANKA
Rajapaksa promises 58 thousand Tamil refugees will go home within 15 days
The government in Colombo to ensure the resettlement of a quarter of the refugees to a parliamentary delegation from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The Tamil-language newspapers say that the group of politicians criticized the actions of the government. State media report the delegation was satisfied with the refugee situation.
09/11/2015 SRI LANKA
Life and Tamil despair in Sri Lanka’s refugee camps (video)
Some 30,000 people remain internally displaced in northern Sri Lanka. Some 38 refugee camps accommodate 1,536 families. A displaced Tamil talks about life in the Neethavan camp, on the Jaffna Peninsula. Each shelter is home to 2-3 families, or 10-15 people, without electricity and poor sanitation. Security remains a problem. Video shows conditions in the Konatpulam Tamil refugee camp.
28/05/2009 SRI LANKA
UN gives full backing to President Rajapaksa
The United Nations Human Rights Council has approved a resolution in favour of the government of Sri Lanka: army is no longer accused of war crimes; the conflict was an “internal question that did not justify external interference”. Access to refugee camps for Humanitarian Organisations will take place as Colombo government “sees fit”.
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