U.S. urges Sri Lanka do more for displaced people held in camps

Agence France Press reports that on Wednesday the U.S. House of Representatives voted, 421 – 1, to approve a non-binding resolution that calls on the government of Sri Lanka to help the populations of widely condemned, tightly guarded camps return to their homes. Currently, there are about 300,000 displaced people held in camps.

House resolution 711 calls

on the Government of Sri Lanka to address the human rights and humanitarian needs of its civilian internally displaced Tamil population currently living in government-run camps by working with the United Nations and the international community to implement a process of release and resettlement of such internally displaced persons (IDPs), and allowing foreign aid groups to provide relief and resources throughout the process.

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