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Sri Lanka land grabs flagged at UN Human Rights Council

Posted: Mar 19, 2012

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and three Sri Lankan NGOs have submitted a written statement to the United Nations Human Rights Council regarding the widespread land grabbing and development-induced displacement in post-conflict Sri Lanka. This includes displacement to make way for tourism.

The mega-resort development in Kalpitiya, which is threatening the livelihoods of thousands of fisherfolk and their dependents by blocking access to sea, is among the examples cited.

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FORUM-ASIA's submission states:

"The government of Sri Lanka's push for “development” is playing out in the form of forcible acquisition of land by State and private actors, including foreign corporations, displacing thousands of vulnerable people across the island. These actions undermine efforts towards reconciliation and recovery after almost three decades of war as they are only further alienating, marginalising and disenfranchising communities of farmers and fisher-folk."

Read the full statement here.

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