Sri Lanka: Unlock the Camps in Sri Lanka: Safety and dignity for the displaced now - a briefing paper
In May 2009, the Sri Lankan government declared victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. By the end of May 2009 an additional 300,000 displaced people had fled fighting and were detained in camps: these internally displaced persons camps remain overcrowded and unsanitary. Management of the camps is supervised by the military. Displaced people are not permitted to leave – they are in fact detained without charge or trial. Amnesty International is calling for the release of all displaced people wishing to leave the camps and for the immediate cessation of arbitrary detention of internally displaced people.