US condemns Sri Lanka Tamil evictions from capital

June 8, 2007 (LBO) – The United States Friday condemned the eviction of ethnic Tamils without jobs from Colombo, and asked the government to reveal where they were taken. Sri Lanka’s police say the move was aimed at blocking Tamil Tiger guerillas from infiltrating the capital, setting off explosions and engaging in other subversive activities. “Such measures violate the Sri Lankan Constitution’s guarantee that every citizen has the right to freedom of movement and choice of residence within Sri Lanka,” the US embassy said in a statement.

“The United States understands and supports Sri Lanka’s obligation to defend itself against terrorism.

“But this action can only widen the ethnic divide at a time when important efforts are underway to reach a national consensus to end Sri Lanka’s nearly quarter-century old conflict.

More than 300 Tamils who had come to Colombo from war torn areas in the north and east of the country were bundled back in buses this week.

“We call upon the Government of Sri Lanka to stop the forcible removal of its citizens from Colombo, to make public the destinations of those already removed, and to ensure their safety and well-