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SRI LANKA-No End in Sight

some new space to fighters for human rights to carry on their struggle which is, hi the last analysis, the real check.
SRI LANKA No End in Sight PRESIDENT Premadasa's imminent visit to India in his capacity as the SAARC chairperson, his first in the four years since he took office as president, comes at a time when neither country is keen on engaging in in-depth talks on bilateral issues. For the Narasimha Rao government the less that is said about the LTTE the better and for Premadasa such a move carries a political risk in that it may be construed as a softening of his cultivated stand against foreign interference, especially India's, in Sri Lanka's internal affairs. Moreover, the increasing state repression in Sri Lanka has brought several voices of protest which in turn have generated a fresh debate on the relevance of foreign interference in regard to highlighting human rights violations in the country, While the government and the state- owned media have, not surprisingly, condemned it, several human rights organisations in the country have been critical of the increasing powers being vested with the military and the police. This is being done on the pretext that the situation in the country, both in the north-east and in the south, demands such measures. In fact the human rights task force appointed by the government itself has criticised the emergency laws which allow for long detentions, etc The civil rights movement in Sri Lanka has pointed out that the government has not even bothered to publish information about the emergency regulations which are periodically being made after August 1989 when the first 19 regulations were notified.

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