UN expert visits Sri Lanka's war detention camps

UN expert visits Sri Lan

September 25, 2009 18:00


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A UN human rights expert on Friday visited Sri Lanka's military-run detention camps where nearly 300,000 war-displaced civilians have been held since the country's civil war ended four months ago. Walter Kaelin, the UN secretary-general's representative for the human rights of internally displaced persons, visited camps in northern Vavuniya and Mannar districts, said Sulakshani Perera, spokeswoman for the UN's refugee agency. The UN did not immediately comment on Kaelin's findings but the government quoted him as saying that its efforts to fulfill the needs of the displaced people and their human rights were at a "commendable level." Perera said Kaelin would discuss his observations with government officials before leaving on Sunday.

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