Indefinite Detention

The Sri Lankan government’s propaganda attempts to shroud Sinalhese-supremacist genocide in a cloak of respectability by claiming ‘shared victory’ in the civil war for Sinhalese and Tamils, are exposed as cynical lies by the continuing detention of Tamils over three months after the ‘end’ of the war. Sampath Perera reports that the Sri Lankan goverment continues to block access to a staggering 300,000 Tamils imprisoned in ‘welfare villages’ surrounded by troops and barbed wire.

On the pretext of preventing “terrorist” attacks, the government has imprisoned hundreds of thousands of civilians indefinitely without charge or trial. Inside the detention centres, hundreds of young people have been questioned by security personnel then sent to unknown prisons for further interrogation and possibly torture. In many cases, their relatives have been given no information about their whereabouts.