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Scenes from Sri Lanka – The Big Picture –

Aug 14, 2009

Scenes from Sri Lanka

Only three months after the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE, or Tamil Tigers) were defeated in the decades-long civil war in Sri Lanka, signs of economic recovery and a new sense of security are emerging across the country. Government and business groups are working hard to rebuild a tourist industry once hampered by fear of terrorist attacks, and fishermen are enjoying more freedom to fish harbors long restricted by the military. Although the popular mood seems optimistic, and the international community is encouraging rebuilding efforts with loans and other assistance, questions remain about the Sri Lankan government’s tactics in the last weeks of the war – and its current treatment of Tamil refugees. Amnesty International’s Science for Human Rights project just released a troubling analysis of satellite imagery of the restricted combat zone and Sri Lankan police continue to restrict access to journalists – and continue to prevent refugees from leaving their camps. [Editor’s note: The Big Picture will be on vacation next week – next entry on 8/24] (33 photos total)

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