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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

HRW chides Sri Lanka government's lethargic approach

[b]HRW chides Sri Lanka government's lethargic approach to violence: Blames LTTE for starting killings in Trincomalee[/b]

[b]New York, 25 April, ( [/b]In a scathing report on the recent ethnic flare up and tension in Trincomalee, the New York based Human Rights Watch lambasted Sri Lanka Government’s failure to respond adequately to the recent armed attacks by armed groups on Tamils and their homes. Also Human Right Watch placed the blame squarely on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (the Tamil Tigers) for bombing and responsible for the ethnic violence. HRW repeated its call to the LTTE to end all attacks on civilians.

Human Rights watch alleged that Police and other security forces reportedly stood by, as Tamils were attacked on April 12 after an alleged Tamil Tiger bomb at a Trincomalee market killed five persons.

Human Rights Watch revealed: "Witnesses said that within 15 minutes approximately 100-150 ethnic Sinhalese men armed with clubs and long knives attacked Tamil businesses and homes in Trincomalee town and district. Sri Lankan human rights organizations reported that attacks from April 12 to 16 left at least 20 civilians dead (including seven women), among them Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese. Some 75 persons needed hospital attention for injuries."

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