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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2584

Breaking News: 196 force-evicted Tamils now being brought back to Colombo

Colombo, 08 Jube, ( Of the more than 500 minority Tamils forcefully evicted from Colombo yesterday, 196 are now prepared to be 'brought back to Colombo' said sources in Vavuniya to "Asian Tribune."

Vavuniya is a town in the north Sri Lanka. Vavuniya is often referred to as the gateway to Vanni-- the area controlled by the LTTE.

Their journey back to Colombo will begin any moment from Vavuniya city in five buses, reports added.

Each of them would be given food and Rs. 500.00 by an organization called NDT.

More than 500 minority Tamils from the North and East residing at lodges and rests houses in Colombo were evicted and deported in 50 buses back to their native places in North & East on June 7. The Tamils were rounded up at Wellawatte (Colombo 6), Slave Island and even in the Fort areas. The roundups came amidst a visit by Japanese peace envoy Yasushi Akashi to Sri Lanka to negotiate regarding the chances of reviving the peace process.

News report said that Sri Lanka is now facing criticism locally and internationally over the minority Tamil evictions-some in the government calling it as "ethnic cleansing".

Today, a three-judge Bench of the Supreme Court issued the order following a petition filed by Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), a non-profit organization which argued that yesterday's Tamil eviction action was a violation of basic human rights.

The Police Inspector General Victor Perera and four Officers in Charge of police stations have now been restrained from carrying out any eviction, pending the court hearing. The court will now hear the case on June 22.

- Asian Tribune -

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