7 civilians seek protection with HRC Jaffna
[TamilNet, Monday, 10 September 2007, 15:58 GMT]
The seven civilians, with ages ranging from 20 to 34, from the areas of Kodikaamam, Meesaalai, Chavakachcheari, Urumpiraai and Jaffna, sought protection at the Human Rights Commission (HRC) Jaffna from the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and SLA-backed paramilitaries Monday, HRC sources said. HRC officials have made arrangement to place the seven civilians in the protective custody of Jaffna prison.
The number of persons seeking protection with the HRC Jaffna in the last 15 days has reached an alarming high, civil society sources in Jaffna said.
The HRC Jaffna remains closed during weekends, leaving persons seeking protection and safety from death threats and abductions, vulnerable to the deteriorating security environment.