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Last updated: 01 March, 2006 - Published 18:29 GMT
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Jaffna security reviewed
Jaffna fishermen
1570 families prevented fishing due to restrictions says the HRC
Security officials in the northern Sri Lankan town of Jaffna have agreed to scale down their presence in an attempt to bring the normalcy to the city where violence increased before talks between the government and the Tamil Tigers.

The regional commanders of the Sri Lanka military have pledged to human rights activists not to deploy security forces in front of schools in Jaffna.

It is agreed to deploy police instead, representative of the national Human Rights Commission (HRC) in Jaffna Rohitha Priyadharshana told BBC Sandeshaya.

The commanders and the representatives of the HRC and NGOs met on Wednesday to discuss the concerns of the general public.

Upon request, the security officials agreed to make special arrangements for public sector workers at road blocks, Priyadharshana said.

The delegation has also raised the concerns of residents in High Security Zones (HSZ).

Rohitha Priyadharshana told that the HRC has received complaints from 1570 fishing families that they could not engage their way of living due to security restrictions.

The HRC was told by the security forces that the restrictions could only be removed after analysing the national security situation.

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