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Sri Lanka : ICRC deeply concerned about upsurge of violence

12-05-2006 News Release 06/45

Geneva (ICRC) – Over the past weeks, Sri Lanka has been facing an upsurge in violence that has resulted in loss of human life and the displacement of civilians as well as an increasing number of civilian casualties due to attacks with explosive devices in the North and East of the country.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is deeply concerned about the worsening situation and its effects on civilians. It calls on the parties to the armed conflict to respect the rules and principles of international humanitarian law.

The organization has stepped up its emergency response in order to protect and assist those affected by the violence. It has also visited people arrested in connection with the recent hostilities. The ICRC maintains a confidential dialogue with the parties concerned on the basis of its findings in order to follow up on the situation of civilians and of people deprived of their freedom in accordance with applicable law and principles.

ICRC delegates are closely monitoring the situation with a view to protecting civilians and providing health care, shelter and other vital supplies in response to any urgent humanitarian needs that may arise.

    

    

 For further information, please contact:  

 Jérôme Fontana, ICRC Colombo, tel. +9411 250 33 46 or (mobile) +9477 728 96 82  

 Carla Haddad, ICRC Geneva, tel. +41 22 730 2405 or (mobile) +41 79 217 3226