Human Rights Watch: Sri Lankan Government Fails to Protect Tamil Civilians

In a report, the human rights organization says that the government failed to stop attacks by armed Sinhalese mobs in Trincomalee district; the attacks occurred after an alleged Tamil Tiger bomb there killed 5 persons.

The attacks occurred from 12 to 16 April and left at least 20 civilians dead and more than 3,000 homeless, while destroying or damaging 32 businesses and shops. Police and military stood by during the violence. Against the backdrop of rising ceasefire violations, communal violence could easily spiral out of control.

Related Links:

Human Rights Watch, “Sri Lanka: Government Must Respond to Anti-Tamil Violence,” 25 April 2006, http://hrw.org/english/docs/2006/04/25/slanka13262.htm