Sri Lanka Opens Tamil Camps
The Sri Lankan government has opened the gates of the Tamil detention camps in which over 100 000 people were held in deteriorating conditions. The Tamil people were interred in camps when the Tamil Tigers were defeated. Many Tamils fled the fighting and were not combatents in the long running civil war.
The Tamils have been held in the heavily-guarded camps in Vavuniya district, 260km north of Colombo, since the government defeated the Tamil Tigers in May, ending the island's long-running civil war.
About 128,000 men, women and children displaced by the conflict are thought to be in the camps.
The victorious Sri Lankan government treatment of the refugees has been criticised by human rights groups.
Many of the refugees will return to their homes to find them destroyed and their area heavily mined.