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Sri Lanka's Genocidal War - '95 to '01
The British Broadcasting Corporation reported on 18 July 2000:
"Two British members of the European Parliament have strongly criticised the Sri Lankan Government's human rights record. The MEPs, Richard Howitt and Robert Evans, say the government has not done enough to protect civilians caught up in the war against Tamil Tiger rebels and is covering up their suffering. The men accuse the authorities of implementing an oppressive press-censorship policy and of not allowing essential supplies, including baby food and medicine, to be distributed in areas controlled by the Tamil Tigers...
The MEPs visited the northern town of Vavuniya, where they met Tamil civilians displaced by fighting in the northern Jaffna peninsula. Mr Howitt said that the authorities were not doing enough to minimise civilian casualties. The plight of displaced people in and around the conflict area was as bad as the suffering endured by civilians in Sierra Leone and Chechnya, he added. He also strongly criticised the government's censorship policy and its restrictions on travel..."