Sri Lanka’s military occupies over 67,000 acres of Tamil land

Sri Lanka’s military occupies over 67,427 acres of Tamil land found the British Tamils Fourm in a desk study conducted using field data from sources in the North-East and official government statistics.

In a statement released on Monday, the BTF said,

Nearly seven years after the end of the war, the Sri Lankan military is still occupying more than 96% of the land belonging to the Tamil people who were driven off their own lands, in the pretext of “national security”.

Field data obtained by British Tamils Forum (BTF), in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka, indicate that as of 1st March 2016, the military is occupying 67,427 acres of land belonging to the Tamil people.

During the previous government of Mahinda Rajapakse, in the North alone, nearly 70,000 acres of land was under occupation.  Since the change of government in January 2015, just over 2,500 acres of these lands has been released. This constitutes a mere 3.6% of the total land taken over in the North by the Sri Lankan military.  

See here for full break down of statistics and statement