Update on the camps

December 4, 2009 Comments Off on Update on the camps

AFP –Sri Lanka keeps up media ban on war refugees

Sri Lanka has maintained its ban on journalists reporting the plight of war-displaced civilians who have been allowed out of their internment camps, officials said Friday.

Foreign minister Rohitha Bogollagama declared in a BBC interview Tuesday that the media now had full access, prompting a flood of requests from reporters to travel to the former war zone in the north.

But restrictions on visits to the northern district of Vavuniya where the government maintains its camp complex remain in place despite them being declared “open” on Tuesday.

“The restrictions on journalists to visit displaced people in camps have not been relaxed yet,” Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe told reporters. More

Reuters India – Sri Lanka: bulk of refugees still in transit camps

UNHCR – Sri Lanka Humanitarian Update

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