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Physicians for Human Rights Calls for the Release of Sri Lankan Doctors
Date:5/18/2009

eport that the government is detaining doctors incommunicado -- all serious violations of medical neutrality -- we are calling for the UN Security Council to establish an international Commission of Inquiry to investigate possible war crimes in Sri Lanka," stated Mr. Donaghue.

The three physicians who were last seen on the morning of 16 May at the Omanthai crossing point in northern Sri Lanka are:

 
  • Dr. Thangamutha Sathiyamoorthy, Regional Director of Health Services in Kilinochchi.
  • Dr. V. Shanmugarajah, Medical Superintendent at Mullivaaykkaal field hospital.
  • Dr. Thurairaja Varatharajah, Regional Director of Health Services in Mullaitivu, who sustained serious wounds during a recent bombardment. SLA forces reportedly airlifted him from the Omanthai crossing point to an unknown destination.

PHR remains alarmed by the large numbers of civilians who are unaccounted for and who lack access to humanitarian emergency relief. Given reports of indiscriminate attacks on the civilian population in northeastern Sri Lanka, PHR calls on the Sri Lankan government to ensure the protection and freedom of movement of all civilians and medical personnel in the conflict zone.

The Sri Lankan Army declared an end to the war on May 17 after defeating the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) separatist forces. The Tamil Tigers acknowledged its own defeat the following day. While the SLA stated it had "rescued" all remaining Tamil Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), PHR sources there revealed that only 25,000 IDP civilians near Mullaitivu have entered government-controlled areas during the fin
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