Information on whether there is any recent evidence of threats of ill-treatment of Sinhalese who house or help Tamils by the Janatha Vimukti Peramuna (JVP) or Sri Lankan police since 1994 [LKA22794.E]

Information on the above-mentioned subject could not be found among the sources consulted by the DIRB. However, attached please find two brief reports by the Sri Lanka Information Monitor (INFORM) in Colombo which may be of interest. The organization reported that on 2 August 1995, a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader posing as a Sinhalese was arrested and that on 15 March 1995, a Sinhalese and a Tamil were arrested at Kelanitissa electricity building for taking photographs (Sri Lanka Information Monitor: Situation Report Aug. 1995, 1; ibid. Mar. 1995, 2).

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of sources consulted in researching this Information Request.

Sources Consulted

Amnesty International. July 1995. Sri Lanka: Security Measures Violate Human Rights.

_____. February 1994. Balancing Human Rights and Security: Abuse of Arrest and Detention Powers.

Amnesty International country file. January 1994-Present.

Amnesty International Report 1994, 1995. 1994, 1995.

Asian Survey [Berkeley, Calif.]. January 1994-October 1995.

Country Reports 1994. 1995.

Critique 1994. July 1995.

DIRB country file. January 1995-Present.

FBIS Daily Reports. January 1991-December 1995.

Human Rights in Developing Countries Yearbook 1994. 1995.

Keesing's Record of World Events [Cambridge]. January 1994-September 1995.

Sri Lanka Information Monitor: Situation Report [Colombo]. February 1994-December 1995.

Sri Lanka Monitor [London]. January 1994-November 1995.

On-line searches.