Lanka Urged to Free 2.45 Lakh Tamils

Lanka Urged to Free 2.45 Lakh Tamils
A human rights group has asked Sri Lanka to release over 2.45 lakh displaced Tamils from the camps, where they are currently living, and alleged that the Rajapaksa government is breaking its own commitment in this regard.

"The Sri Lankan government's recent statements that it aims to return only 100,000 of the original 273,000 displaced civilians confined to camps by the end of 2009 breaks a promise to camp residents and the international community," the Human Rights Watch said.

In May, the Government announced that 80 percent of the displaced people would be able to return home by the end of the year.

Since the end of the fighting in May, the Government has released or returned fewer than 27,000 people, leaving about 245,000 civilians in the camps, it said.

"Enough is enough. It is well past time to release civilians detained in the camps," Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch in a statement.

Sri Lanka's international friends should tell the government that they will not accept any more broken promises, he said.

"The Sri Lankan government is playing games with the lives and hopes oft hose displaced by the country have armed conflict. Its failure to address the genuine grievances of the Tamil community is disastrous for the country," he added.

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