Sri Lankan Court halts eviction of minority Tamils

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court Friday ordered an immediate stop on the eviction of minority Tamils from capital Colombo, a day after hundreds were forced to leave the city as part of a crackdown on the community by the police.

Sri Lankan Court halts eviction of minority Tamils
Sri Lanka's Supreme Court Friday ordered an immediate stop on the eviction of minority Tamils from capital Colombo, a day after hundreds were forced to leave the city as part of a crackdown on the community by the police.

A three-judge Bench of the Sri Lankan Supreme Court issued the order today following a petition filed by a political group -- Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), which described the eviction as a violation of basic human rights, news agency Press Trust of India reported from Colombo.

The court will hear the case on June 22, the news agency said. CPA said that they would also approach the Supreme Court seeking redress for those Tamils already evicted.

The Sri Lankan government said that 376 people were evicted in seven buses yesterday and would be taken to Jaffna, Vavuniya, Trincomalee and Batticaloa -- Tamil strongholds in Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka.

The government is facing criticism both from abroad and home over the crackdown on minority Tamils, with the entire opposition and some Ministers even terming it as ethnic cleansing, the news agency said.
Last Mod: 08 Haziran 2007, 17:17
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