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Government’s Failure to Free Displaced Civilians Worsens Situation

(New York) - Floods caused by heavy rains unnecessarily threaten more than 260,000 displaced Tamil civilians whom the Sri Lankan government has unlawfully detained in camps in northern Sri Lanka, Human Rights Watch said today. Permitting displaced…
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Dr. Neelan Tiruchelvam was slated to be a visiting professor at Harvard Law School in the fall of 1999. A renowned constitutional lawyer from Sri Lanka, Neelan was better known to me as a leading Tamil human rights activist who had thrown his hat into the…
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Government Threats, ‘Disappearances’ After Past Military Victories Are Cause for Concern

(New York) - The Sri Lankan government should ensure that military defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam does not result in new "disappearances," unlawful killings or the jailing of government critics, Human Rights Watch said today.  The Sri…
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Dear Secretary-General, We are writing in advance of your upcoming visit to Sri Lanka on May 23. The Sri Lankan government's victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) signals an end to the devastating 25-year-long war in Sri Lanka.  We…
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The scenes witnessed in the Vanni are devastating: Dead bodies of civilians lie strewn along dusty roads. Hospitals, playgrounds and houses stand ravaged by heavy artillery and rockets fired from multi-barrel launchers. Civilians who remain in the…
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Government and Tamil Tigers Should Allow Civilians to Flee Conflict Area

(New York) - The Sri Lankan government and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) should immediately agree to a plan of action to allow civilians trapped in the Vanni to leave the conflict area, Human Rights Watch said today. Some 150,000…
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War on the Displaced Sri Lankan Army and LTTE Abuses against Civilians in the Vanni Map of Sri Lanka I. Summary A Note on Civilian Casualties II. Methodology III. Violations of the Laws of War Violations by…
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Tamil Tigers Also Preventing Civilians From Fleeing Fighting

(New York) - A Sri Lankan government statement that it is not responsible for the safety of civilians who remain in areas controlled by the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) indicates an appalling disregard for the well-being of the…
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When the fifty-ninth division of Sri Lanka's army entered Mullaitivu on 25 January 2009, it marked the fall of the last major town under the control of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The end may be in sight for the conventional…
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Besieged, Displaced, and Detained The Plight of Civilians in Sri Lanka's Vanni Region Map of Sri Lanka I. Summary Note on Methodology II. Background: Return to War Concerns about Civilian Casualties III.…
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Government Illegally Holding Civilians Fleeing Fighting in the North

(New York) - The Sri Lankan government should end the arbitrary detention of more than 400 civilians displaced by recent fighting at a newly established camp in northern Sri Lanka, Human Rights Watch said today. Since March 2008, the government of Sri…
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Human Rights Watch's Submission to the Human Rights Council

Summary Major hostilities between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) resumed in mid-2006 and in January 2008 the government formally withdrew from the ceasefire in place since 2002. Since then the fighting has…