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Sri Lankan opposition seeks access to northern displaced camps

[Xinhua, Thursday, 18 June 2009 12:38 No Comment]

Sri Lankan opposition parliamentarians have sought the island’s Supreme Court intervention, claiming that the government had denied access to them to visit the internally displaced camps in the north.

    At least three MPs filed action in the Supreme Court on Thursday, court officials said.

    Chief Justice Asoka de Silva instructed the Attorney General to report to the court on July 27, the next hearing date of the case.

    The MPs claim their fundamental rights have been violated by the government decision.

    Nearly 300,000 people displaced from the final battles between the government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels are now being housed in welfare camps in the northern districts of Vavuniya and Jaffna.

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