Poonthottam Rehabilitation Centre to be closed in November

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The Government is to close the Poonthottam Rehabilitation Centre in Vavuniya in November.

At present there are only three people undergoing rehabilitation and they are expected to complete the rehabilitation programme by 29th November 2018.

Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to Geneva, Ambassador A. L. A. Azeez told the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the Poonthottam Rehabilitation Centre will be winding up in November.

He said that after November 2018 the Poonthottam Rehabilitation Centre will serve as a Vocational Training Centre.

“It will help provide vocational training for ex-combatants to enhance their living standards with new employment opportunities,” he said.

The Poonthottam Rehabilitation Centre was established by the former Government after the war to rehabilitate former LTTE cadres. (Colombo Gazette)

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