In Sri Lanka, UN Still Withholds Casualty Numbers, Funds Detention Camps

[Inner City Press]

For two weeks, Inner City Press has asked at the UN whether international aid funds will be used for detention camps in which those fleeing the conflict zone in Sri Lanka will be detained, until the end of 2009 or longer. Holmes on Monday confirmed that the UN has “offered to assist transit camps” or “semi-permanent camps,” and as to funding as so far “make no links between the two.” He said that in the long run, the UN would be hard pressed to fund camps that violated international standards. But he said the UN wouldn’t want to “punish those in the camps.” So would the UN just keep on paying, for detention camps?

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