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

Tamil dissidents held incommunicado in LTTE torture cells

[b]Tamil dissidents held incommunicado in LTTE torture cells [/b]

[b]Colombo, 09 September, ( [/b]Information gathered from Tamil escapees reveal that there are more than 5000 Tamils languishing in the torture cells run by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. These cells are in the Vanni region in the Northern Province and in the Trincomalee,, Batticaloa, Amaparai districts in the eastern province. According to reports more than 2,000 of prisoners have died in the underground prison warrens located in the Mullaithievu and Sampur in the Trincomalee coastal areas. The worst was when these underground holes were submerged under the tsunami tidal waves that hit these coastal areas on 26 December 2004.

Recently at a meeting held at Scarborough Civic Centre in Toronto Canada, V. Anandasangaree, head of Tamil United Liberation Front, disclosed that Tamils who opposed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam were arrested and thrown into these torture cells. These Tamil dissidents are subjected to mental and physical torture. They have no access to lawyers, relatives, Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission headed by Norwegians, or to international human rights organization who work in these areas.

The torture and the persecution of Tamil dissidents go on day and night with the world turning a blind eye to atrocities committed by the Tamil separatists. Some prisoners have reported that the offices of Red Cross and other monitoring bodies are within sight of their prisons but they are held incommunicado and penalties for communicating are heavy for the prisoners and their families.

It is learnt that these torture cells are located at Puthukudiyiruppu, Oddichuddan, in the Mullaithievu districts, Mallavi and Tharmapuram in the Kilinochchi district, in Sampur in the Trincomalee district, Karadiyanaru in the Batticaloa and behind Kanchikudicha Aru (River) in the Amaparai district.

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