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International Community Turning a 'Nelsonian Eye' On Sri Lanka which Backtracking On Promises, Accuses Oakland Institute

May 31, 2016
The Tamil Diplomat

California-based think tank Oakland Institute which has again published a report on Sri Lanka placing serious accusation that, the Sri Lankan Government has not fully fulfilled its promise to return the lands of people, thousands of people are waiting to return to their own lands, military occupation is continuing, uncertainty still remain in obtaining justice and has said that, at a time when truth and reconciliation is most vital, important international players like the United States are turning a blind eye to President Sirisena’s backpedaling.

A research report under the title of, "Waiting to return home: Continued Plight of the IDPs in Post- War Sri Lanka" was published today, Tuesday, by Oakland Institute in response to a request from Valikamam North people who are living displace in Sri Lanka to help them to return to their own laces. It is also notable that the same organization published another research Report under the title, "The Long Shadow of War: The Struggle for Justice in Postwar Sri Lanka” last year. The current report has been prepared on the basis field studies and Interviews.

The report examines the various pledges made by President Sirisena to return land. It reveals vast inadequacies including resettlement on lands that are not fertile; have been used as stone quarries; are covered in decades of brush growth; or lack the basic infrastructure for proper resettlement. Several are located beside military camps evoking fear and anxiety in communities, while the Ministry of Defence continues to run luxury resorts and other business ventures on the IDPs’ land.

While insisting that, Internal Investigation is useless and the international Community including the US should ensure that Independent investigation held, this report has insisted that the International community ensure the commencement of Peace Process.

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