US slams SL human rights record

March 14, 2010 § 1 Comment

2009 Human Rights Report: Sri Lanka
Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
March 11, 2010

Outside of the conflict zone, the overwhelming majority of victims of human rights violations, such as extrajudicial killings and disappearances, were young male Tamils…[and] observers linked the government closely to paramilitary groups believed responsible for serious human rights violations…

There were also reports of secret government facilities where suspected LTTE sympathizers were taken, tortured, and often killed

The government required Tamils who wished to move within the country, especially those Tamils living in Jaffna, to obtain special passes issued by security forces

Security forces at army checkpoints in Colombo frequently harassed Tamils. After the government assumed effective control of the east, both the government and the TMVP operated checkpoints that impeded the free movement of residents, especially Tamils

Tamils throughout the country, but especially in the conflict-affected north and east, reported frequent harassment of young and middle-aged Tamil men by security forces and paramilitary groups

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