Sri Lanka refugees recount ordeal at sea

Human Rights Watch interviewed a group of Sri Lankan refugees in Andhra Pradesh in India. The refugees were rescued on April 29, 2009, from Indian waters, where they had been lost at sea for nine days after fleeing from the government declared “no-fire zone” in northern Sri Lanka’s Mullaitivu district. Accounts by refugees are especially important because the Sri Lankan government has long refused independent access to the combat zone for journalists and human rights monitors. The refugees’ detailed statements contradict claims by the government that it is not using heavy weapons in the “no-fire zone.”

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