Media has much reported on the fate of more than 300,000 tamil IDPs currently held in internment camps funded by UN and International agencies and their lack of freedom of movement. These rare images emerging from Sri Lanka shows the forgotten storey of Tamils who are “dog-tag”ed and arrested by Sri Lankan Military Officers for interrogations as possible suspects of Tamil Tigers. Sri Lankan government has claimed that they have arrested more than 10,000 suspects but ICRC has only access 2,000 of them. None of this suspects were produced in courts and don’t have access to any legal support & effectively in illegal imprisonment.
A source which provided 1,000s of such photographs showing ‘dog-tag’ed Tamils says that these photographs were taken at a point of time after May 2009 at torture/interrogation camps managed by Sri Lankan Military and many of them were feared to be dead during the severe interrogation during recent months & no more alive now. The photographs include injured or handicapped people, people as young as 13 years old children, married women and young male & female. Some of the photograph shows that tarpaulin tents donated to IDPs by UNHCR has been used at this torture/interrogation camps managed by Sri Lankan Military.
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One relative who contacted Amnesty International UK for help has been requested to seek ICRC Family Tracing Service at http://www.icrc.org/Web/eng/siteeng0.nsf/iwpList85/190C5585475659E0C1256B6600591471.