Sri Lanka’s government claimed victory over the LTTE in March, ending the civil war that had ravaged the country for twenty-five years. Yet more than four months later, 260,000 displaced civilians remain confined in military-run detention camps, suffering from deteriorating conditions and unable to leave.
Enough is enough. It’s time for the Sri Lankan government to release these IDPs and allow them to return home.
The U.N. has repeatedly called for the rapid resettlement of all refugees, and has, in harshening tones, warned that it will not continue to fund the camps unless resettlement progress is made. Numerous human rights groups have issued similar pleas to world leaders and to the Sri Lankan government. The international community itself has finally begun to register its concern over the state of the IDPs.
Yet all appeals have been to no avail.
The IDPs themselves are begging to return home – or at least for more freedom and sanitary conditions.
Enough is enough. It’s time for the Sri Lankan government to release all IDPs and allow them to return home now.