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No occupied lands released in Amparai District

Land release activists in the Amparai District have highlighted that despite Sri Lankan military forces’ highly publicised rapid release of pockets of lands in the North-East, there have been no indications that those within Amparai will be released.

Writing to Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena on December 31, the president’s proclaimed deadline for the release of military-occupied land, Amparai land activists urged him to keep his promise and secure the release of lands in Amparai.

Over 2500 properties, both homes and livelihood lands, are currently occupied in the district, the activists said.

Activists also urged for action to be taken to secure the release of civilian lands appropriated by other state agencies including the forest department, wildlife department, archaeology department and of lands cynically allocated as sacred sites.

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