Sri Lanka's bloody civil war ended 3 months ago, yet right now almost 300,000 civilians are being held captive inside military-run internment camps that operate like prisons. Trapped between the Sri Lankan Army and rebel Tamil Tigers during the final months of combat, they've been interned behind barbed wire with no government plan for setting them free or returning them home.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described the camps as "by far the most appalling scenes I have seen."
At least 50,000 of the detainees are children. Every day, lives are lost to poor sanitation and lack of food, water and access to medical care.
Call on the Sri Lankan government to immediately allow the displaced civilians freedom of movement. Urge them to place the camps under civilian, not military, management and to allow aid agencies, journalists and human rights observers full, unhindered access to the camps to carry out their functions and prevent possible abuses.