10 IDPs die daily inside barbed wire camps in Vavuniyaa - JVP

[TamilNet, Thursday, 16 July 2009, 03:53 GMT]
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said Wednesday it has been receiving reports that due to scarcity of essential needs such as food, water and medicine, on the average, ten internally displaced people die every day inside the camps located in Vavuniyaa. "These people too are citizens of Sri Lanka. Those who are languishing inside the barbed wire camps are our fellow citizens. We call upon the Government not to forget the fact that they tjere arrived on the invitation of the government. It is disgusting to hear of the way the government treats them now, said JVP leader Mr.Somawanse Amarasinghe addressing a press briefing Wednesday at the JVP head office in Battaramulla.

"The Government should immediately remove high security zones in the North and East as the war is over. The high security zones have become a hindrance to the day-today activities and socio-economic activities of the general public, and since they are not needed in the post war situations, they should be removed enabling the free movement of people," he added.

The demand for the removal is included in a set of proposals prepared by the JVP, to minimize the problems and grievances of the Tamil people who suffered due to the war. The proposals were released at the briefing.

Mr Amarasinghe demanded that parliamentarians of all parties should be allowed into the camps where internally displaced people are held. All armed groups still operating in the North and East must be disarmed, he said.

The Government tries its best to hide the true picture prevailing in these camps, but soon the truth will come out. Thereafter the situation would be very difficult for the government when the world hears how innocent Tamils had died inside these camps.

"There is a danger in this problem. This would certainly allow the foreign forces against Sri Lanka to come in and meddle in the local affairs in the guise of assisting the displaced. The government must not wait till that happens and should allow other parties to visit these camps and help these people. Tomorrow could be too late for that," Amarasinghe said.

JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva, Parliamentary Group Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake and MP Ramalingam Chandrasekaran also addressed the briefing.

 

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