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200,000 Tamil civilians imprisoned in Sri Lankan Manik Farm camp

Article Date: 
25 May 2009

Camp is not the word its inmates use for it. A prison and a concentration camp were two of the descriptions The Times heard on a rare visit to the camp on the sidelines of the visit by Ban Ki Moon, the United Nations Secretary-General.

Squalor is less the defining feature of Manik Farm than militarism. The presence of armed soldiers around the camp and its perimeter is overwhelming. New armoured patrol vehicles sit at the entrance to the side of a sandbagged bunker.

Article Author: 
Catherine Philp
Article Source: 
Times of London

Quarter of a million Sri Lankans face two years in camps

Article Date: 
20 May 2009

A UN spokesman, Gordon Weiss, said he was "shocked" at the revelation, which ran counter to previous government assurances.

"It was our understanding that the government was to return 80% of the people to their homes by the end of the year, or at least try to," said Weiss.

Article Author: 
Gethin Chamberlain
Article Source: 
Guardian

Agony in Sri Lanka's refugee camp

Article Date: 
24 May 2009

We were the first international journalists to see the scene of the final days of the fighting.

The tiny spit of land in north-eastern Sri Lanka could be a beach paradise. Instead it is like a vision of hell.

Houses have been destroyed, buses blown up, palm trees devastated, and there are craters in the beach. On the sand I saw row after row of tents.

Article Author: 
Laura Trevelyan
Article Source: 
BBC

U.N.'s Ban says Sri Lanka needs help for refugees

Article Date: 
23 May 2009

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon toured Sri Lanka's biggest refugee camp Saturday and said the country did not have the resources to deal with the tens of thousands who fled fighting with Tamil Tiger rebels.

Ban told Rajapaksa the U.N. and other international humanitarian agencies needed immediate and unimpeded access to camps that are housing 290,000 people who escaped rebel-held areas as a military onslaught bore down on the separatists.

Article Author: 
Louis Charbonneau
Article Source: 
Reuters

Sri Lanka Ignores Calls for Access to War Refugees

Article Date: 
22 May 2009

Sri Lanka’s government ignored mounting calls Friday by international relief organizations for greater access to the country’s swelling refugee camps, as the military continued to weed out suspected former Tamil Tiger rebels hiding among civilians.

Article Source: 
New York Times

Sri Lanka Defends Refugee Aid Program as Ban Visits

Article Date: 
22 May 2009

“Sri Lanka has provided a satisfactory service to the people of the north even before it was cleared of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam,” Athula Kahandaliyanage, secretary to the Health Ministry, said in a statement. “Those who are ignorant of such efforts should at least try to see what is happening at ground level before making irresponsible statements.”

Article Source: 
Bloomberg

Joint Statement of Visiting Indian Officials & Govt of Sri Lanka

Article Date: 
21 May 2009

Mr. M.K. Narayanan, National Security Advisor and Mr. S. Menon, Foreign Secretary of India visited Sri Lanka on 20 and 21 May. They called on His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka and met with senior officials, including Hon. Basil Rajapaksa, MP, Mr. Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the President and Defence Secretary, Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa. They also interacted with a number of political parties in Sri Lanka.

Article Source: 
Office of the President of Sri Lanka

Red Cross Barred From Sri Lankan Refugee Camp

Article Date: 
21 May 2009

"The restrictions have led to a temporary standstill in the distribution of aid to the camp," Zanarelli said. "The ICRC and other humanitarian aid agencies deplore this unacceptable situation, in particular because it is having a severe effect on the thousands of newly arrived displaced people who until very recently had to endure unimaginable hardship merely to survive in the conflict zone in the north-east."

Article Author: 
Emily Wax
Article Source: 
Washington Post

Sri Lanka plans to resettle refugees in six months

Article Date: 
21 May 2009

Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon and National Security Advisor M.K. Narayan met President Mahinda Rajapaksa, after Sri Lanka declared total victory in a 25-year war over the Tamil Tigers in which India's role has always loomed large...

"The Government of Sri Lanka indicated that it was their intention to dismantle the relief camps at the earliest and outlined a 180-day plan to resettle the bulk of (refugees) to their original places of habitation," a joint statement said.

Article Source: 
Reuters

U.N. Presses to Enter Sri Lankan War Zone

Article Date: 
21 May 2009

In his strongest public comments since the war's end, outgoing U.S. Ambassador Robert Blake said the United States supports an investigation into alleged human rights abuses during the final phase of the conflict. Foreign ministers of the European Union have asked for an independent inquiry into allegations that both the Tamil rebels and government forces violated international human rights agreements.

Article Author: 
Emily Wax
Article Source: 
Washington Post
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