26 Dec 2010

Former rebels released

10:06 am on 26 December 2010

Sri Lanka has released 100 former Tamil Tiger rebels.

The group is the latest to be freed from camps where the rebels have been held since the Tamil Tigers were defeated by government forces last year.

Ninety-eight men and two women were released at a ceremony in the northern town of Vavuniya.

The Gvernment says 5000 former rebels are still held in the camps, but international human rights groups have not been given access to them.

About 250,000 perople were initially held in military camps after fleeing the war zone during the government's final offensive against the rebels in early 2009.