Return of Internally Displaced Persons:
UNHCR commends Govt's good practices
UN Refugee Agency UNHCR yesterday welcomed Government's good
practices in resettling IDPs in Musali Division and pledged its
committment to providing support to the Government with future IDP
returns in the North and East.
"In the context of return to Musali, the Government has applied good
practices in IDP return such as certified mine clearance prior to
return, go and see visits, provided transport for returnees and their
belongings, and coordinated a return assistance package including food,
shelter assistance and essential non-food items.
UNHCR remains committed to providing support to the Government with
future IDP returns in Sri Lanka's North and East," said a statement
issued by the UNHCR in Colombo.
The release also said:
"As in previous returns, UNHCR support operations began weeks ago
when field teams spoke with the IDPs about any concerns they may have
UNHCR accompanied the government-organized go and see visit for IDP
representatives and received assurances that humanitarian mine clearance
in villages of origin was completed. The agency also carried out village
assessments prior to the returns to assess the level of damage to houses
and basic infrastructure.
"UNHCR accompanied yesterday's returns to ensure that the process was
carried out in safety and dignity. The agency together with partners
also plan on distributing non-food items and providing shelter support
in the return villages, once shelter assessments are complete.
"Moreover, UNHCR will also provide post-return support in terms of
Quick Impact Projects (QIPs). These small-scale community-driven
projects have an immediate and long-term impact on communities,
promoting sustainable return. After the process is complete, UNHCR staff
on the ground will continue to make regular visits to the return
villages to address outstanding issues or facilitate the provision of