At the request of the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice (SLC), the Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights Project of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) acquired time series high-resolution satellite imagery of an area of Sri Lanka known as the Valikamam High Security Zone (HSZ). The Sri Lankan government created a number of HSZs during the decades-long conflict with the Tamil Tigers, which ended in 2009. AAAS previously documented the human rights abuses that occurred at the end of the conflict, which culminated at the Civilian Safety Zone on the northeastern coast in May 2009. The SLCPJ requested the assistance of AAAS in undertaking an assessment of the Valikamam HSZ, to determine what changes have taken place in the military zone since the end of the conflict in 2009, as thousands of the residents of this area of the Jaffna Peninsula have not been able to resettle.
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Monitoring Change in Sri Lanka's Valikamam High Security Zone: 2009-2014