U.S-based rights group, Human Rights Watch, in an 80 page report, underlined the ‘military occupation of civilian land in Sri Lanka’, saying that thousands of acres of land, taken over during the civil war, are still held by government forces owing to set up of security posts and buffer zones, Reuters reported.
The report, titled: “Why Can’t We Go Home?”: Military Occupation of Land in Sri Lanka, is based on over 100 interviews between August 2017 to May 2018 with members of affected communities, activists, local officials, and lawyers.
“Now, there is no war. It’s now peacetime. So, why can’t we go back home?” Francis Croos, a resident of Mullikulam village in Mannar district, told HRW.