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TNA To Go To Court Over HSZ

[The Sunday Leader.lk, Sunday, 11 September 2011 09:23 No Comment]

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says it will go to court if the government fails to remove the High Security Zones in the north.

According to the TNA the presence of High Security Zones even under the Prevention of Terrorism Act is a violation of existing laws.

High Security Zones were originally formed by the Sri Lankan Security Forces in the 1990s as buffers to prevent attacks on strategic areas.

These areas saw heavy fighting and some were subsequently mined.  As many as 70,000 people were evicted and not allowed back; that was until recently when the Government of Sri Lanka took steps to facilitate returns.

Demining work is also expected to help facilitate the release of highly politicized High Security Zones.  This will in turn foster peace-building in the north by allowing the resettlement of longer-term displaced families as well as refugees.

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