Almost half a million civilians are still displaced by Sri Lanka’s civil war between government forces and the LTTE, and the warring parties continue to disregard their rights and those of other civilians in the country’s conflict areas, according to a new report released by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC). It describes how many internally displaced people (IDPs) are forced to return to unsafe areas. Meanwhile, under fire amid a rash of civil war human rights abuses, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has turned the tables on the UN, questioning its efficiency, and ability to help tackle terrorism. (Reuters)

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