SRI Lanka’s Supreme Court today ordered an immediate halt to the eviction of minority ethnic Tamils from the capital, a day after hundreds were expelled at gunpoint.
The Court issued the order following a complaint by a political activist group that yesterday’s police operation was a violation of fundamental rights.
“The court will hear the case on June 22, and in the meantime the police Inspector General was restrained from carrying out any eviction of Tamils,” a court official said.
Human rights activists have said the expulsions amounted to a “collective punishment” on the Tamil community.
Sri Lanka’s Defence Ministry has insisted the operation, in which hundreds were bussed out of the capital to the war-torn east and north, was necessary to prevent bomb attacks by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
The Tamil Tigers have been fighting for separation from the Sinhalese-majority south of the island since 1972.
Nine people were killed in and around Colombo, a city of 600,000 people, in two blasts last month.
The rebel infiltrators were believed to have used cheap lodgings similar to those targeted in the police raids.
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