Tamil Tigers run 'Nazi' camps

Colombo (AP) - Tamil Tiger rebels are holding about 4,000 people in Nazi-like prison camps in northern and eastern Sri Lanka, according to a new human rights report. Some prisoners are tortured and beaten to death by wardens who are selected on 'distinctions of cruelty and blind obedience' to the rebel leadership, University of Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna) said in its 10th report.

The prisons include small underground bunkers and large jungle camps run by sadistic guards, said the 78-page study. 'The whole pattern of camps and the meticulous administration of the system give the appearance of being consciously drawn from films and books about the Nazi and Stalinist prison complexes,' says the report, based on interviews with former prisoners and guerrillas.