Sri Lanka camps a 'national disgrace'
Human Rights Watch (HRW) called Sri Lanka's treatment in the detention camps a national disgrace.
"For more than a year, the Sri Lankan government has detained virtually everyone, including entire families, displaced by the fighting in the north in military-run camps, in violation of international law," the group said.
"Treating all these men, women, and children as if they were Tamil Tiger fighters is a national disgrace," said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch.
HRW further criticized Sri Lanka for refering them as "welfare villages" and urged to end the detention immediately.
It also calls the camps "welfare villages" -- even though the civilians have no freedom of movement.
"The Sri Lankan government should end the illegal detention of nearly 300,000 ethnic Tamils displaced by the recently ended conflict in Sri Lanka," Human Rights Watch said.
Sri Lankan government is nt allowing the people to leave the camps although they have place to go to. These camps are overcrowded, and are in poor condition, and the condition may worsen with the monsoon rains.
"Many people are in the camps not because they have no other place to go," said Adams. "They are in the camps because the government does not allow them to leave."
He said conditions in the camps were overcrowded, some holding twice the number recommended by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
"The poor conditions in the camps may worsen with the monsoon rains," Adams said. "Holding civilians who wish to move in with relatives and friends is irresponsible as well as unlawful."
Sri Lanka has also restricted access of aid agencies and journalists to the camps.
The international community may not know to the extend of situation as aid agencies, journalists are restricted access to these camps.
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