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Waiting to Return Home: New Report Reveals Continued Plight of IDPs in Post-War Sri Lanka
Waiting to Return Home: New Report Reveals Continued Plight of IDPs in Post-War Sri Lanka
Waiting to Return Home: New Report Reveals Continued Plight of IDPs in Post-War Sri Lanka

Threatened and despaired, a group of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sri Lanka petitioned the Oakland Institute to help them return home. This inspired the Institute’s latest report, Waiting to Return Home: Continued Plight of the IDPs in Post-War Sri Lanka. Backed by extensive field research and interviews, the report highlights a harsh reality—amid United…

Oakland Institute - May 31 18:32 GMT - more ... [ Tags: SriLanka, IDPs, WarCrimes ]

A special day for 194 displaced families in Sri Lanka
A special day for 194 displaced families in Sri Lanka

Tuesday (April 19) is going to be a special day for 194 families of the Chithambarapuram camp of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), about 20 km from the Vavuniya town in the Northern Province. The day will mark a partial fulfilment of the longstanding demand of the families — concerning the ownership of the area that the IDPs have been occupying.The families,…

Hindu - Apr 18 10:48 GMT - more ... [ Tags: HumanRights, History, IDPs ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • Green shoots show up in Sri Lanka’s Sampur village

    Green shoots show up in Sri Lanka’s Sampur village

    Two hundred and seventy-five families are to get homes under a project funded by the Indian government, while around 50 are covered under the Sri Lankan government’s project. The 800-odd families not covered under any project. A field official is hopeful of some assistance from the European Union.Sampur residents have other requirements too. Assistance in regard to…

    Hindu - Aug 12 13:14 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Trincomalee, IDPs ]

  • Barodian helps rehabilitate war survivors in Sri Lanka

    Humanitarian acts know no boundaries, proved a 41-year-old woman from the city. Her love for helping those in need has got Jayshree Chaudhary to work for victims of war in Sri Lanka. Chaudhary, 41, has been working in Sri Lanka for the last two years towards the rehabilitating widows, orphaned girls and rape survivors. Chaudhary who has been working for…

    TNN - May 12 10:02 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Refugees, History, IDPs ]

  • Sri Lanka Tamils welcome land, demand end to army occupation

    Sri Lanka Tamils welcome land, demand end to army occupation

    Sri Lanka's main opposition Monday welcomed President Maithripala Sirisena's promise of land for 100,000 people who were forced from their homes during the long civil war, most of them Tamils. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said Sirisena's pledge to give displaced civilians new plots within six months was a "positive development", but demanded that the military…

    AFP - Jan 04 16:34 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, IDPs ]

  • Homes not Houses: Building Sustainable Future in Sri Lanka

    With a financial envelope of €14 million, more than 300, 000 people are expected to benefit from the support provided by the European Union to build houses and improve community infrastructure for internally displaced people and returnees. The activities will be implemented from 2016-2018 in nine selected divisions of the Killinochchi, Mullaitivu and Batticaloa…

    Trust - Dec 07 14:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Refugees, IDPs ]

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  • - Sri Lanka Homecoming

    - Sri Lanka Homecoming

    Some 200 families quickly took up Sirisena’s offer to return and by the time I visited Sampur in October, many others had joined them. Humanitarian agencies were helping to build homes and other infrastructure and Sampur, a flat, exposed region near the coast, is now vibrant with reconstruction. “Many of these people suffered terribly during the war,” an…

    HRW - Nov 09 11:23 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Trincomalee, History, IDPs ]

  • A bittersweet homecoming for Sri Lanka’s displaced Tamils

    A bittersweet homecoming for Sri Lanka’s displaced Tamils

    Before 1990 some 10,000 families were estimated to live in Varuthalai Vilan, which lies south of a military airbase that served as one of the main staging posts in the battle against the Tamil Tiger rebels.Sri Lanka has won praise for starting to hand back land seized by the military after the end of one of South Asia’s longest and bloodiest ethnic wars that claimed…

    AFP - Jul 10 12:40 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, History, IDPs ]

  • How disaster preparation broke down in Sri Lanka

    How disaster preparation broke down in Sri Lanka

    Only six days before the disaster, the government had carried out evacuation drills nationwide tailored to tsunami, flood and landslide risk. Simulations were carried out in two villages near Meeriyabedda (Boragas and Gavammna) identified by DMC as having similar landslide risk levels - but not in Meeriyabedda. DMC noted that “many” other locations in the…

    IRIN NEws - Nov 04 16:16 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, IDPs ]

  • Sri Lanka’s Displaced:Tens of thousands of internally displaced persons in Sri Lanka place their hopes in a recent UN resolution.

    Sri Lanka’s Displaced:Tens of thousands of internally displaced persons in Sri Lanka place their hopes in a recent UN resolution.

    When the conflict ended in 2009, Rajapaksa sought to eliminate the official number of IDPs as quickly as possible by returning Tamil civilians to their home districts. In September 2012, the government of Sri Lanka declared all IDPs “resettled.”Official figures, however, ignore communities like Sampur, which are displaced within their home districts. Investigative…

    Diplomat - Apr 09 16:10 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, UN, IDPs ]

  • Sri Lanka’s northern house-funding gap

    Sri Lanka’s northern house-funding gap

    More than US$300 million is needed for the construction of over 60,000 new homes in Sri Lanka’s conflict-affected north, say aid officials. “There is very little, almost nothing that is coming by way of new funding for housing construction,” Jagath Abeysinghe...The authorities are looking for funding for 63,000 new houses in the five northern districts of…

    IRIN - Feb 25 14:40 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, IDPs ]

  • Sri Lanka to resettle displaced people by 2014

    Sri Lanka Tuesday announced that it hopes to complete the resettlement of its internally displaced people (IDP) by next year. Minor issues still remain to be addressed on the resettlement of war displaced people, Xinhua quoted Sri Lanka's Deputy Resettlement Minister Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, a former senior rebel member, as saying. The deputy minister said…

    IANS - Dec 18 11:20 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Kilinochchi, IDPs, WarCrimes ]

  • Packer's Crown resort-casino in Sri Lanka faces delay after tax changes

    Packer\'s Crown resort-casino in Sri Lanka faces delay after tax changes

    Opposition by Buddhist religious leaders and some political parties in Sri Lanka led the government to announce on Tuesday it will alter tax concessions granted to Australian gambling tycoon James Packer's Crown Ltd for a $400 million hotel resort that will include a casino. The changes could take at least one month and likely will delay Packer's mixed-development…

    Reuters - Oct 22 14:30 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, Economy, IDPs ]

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  • Rajiv assassin’s RTI query: Why my plea was rejected?

    Rajiv assassin’s RTI query: Why my plea was rejected?

    One of the three convicts on death row for the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, AG Perarivalan, will on Monday be on a videoconference with Central Information Commissioner Satyananda Mishra on a complaint against Rashtrapati Bhavan and the ministry of home affairs on a petition seeking to know why his mercy plea was rejected in August 2011. A notification on the…

    Times of India - Apr 15 01:02 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Tamil Nadu, IDPs ]

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  • In search of justice: The story of the people of Kepapilavu

    In search of justice: The story of the people of Kepapilavu

    The story of the people of Kepapilavu reminds all of us that the ethnic conflict is far from over. Their reality contradicts the regime’s claims of rapid post-war development and the rhetoric of peace. So much for rights “Any citizen of Sri Lanka has the inalienable right to acquire land in any part of the country, in accordance with its laws and regulations,…

    Sunday Times - Jan 09 11:09 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Mullaitivu, Refugees, IDPs ]

  • The Face of Suffering

    The Face of Suffering

    From 2000 to 2004, at a time when the peace process in Sri Lanka was arguably working, Frances Harrison was the chief BBC correspondent in Colombo. She made several trips to Vanni, a predominantly Tamil region and the heart of LTTE resistance in the north. “That’s when I got to know the Tigers. Well, as much as they would let someone get to know them,” she says…

    Indian Express - Jan 05 20:37 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: UN, IDPs, WarCrimes ]

  • Plight Of The Resettled IDPs Striving To Make Ends Meet

    Plight Of The Resettled IDPs Striving To Make Ends Meet

    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is once again raising the fact that eventhough three years and seven months has passed since the war was‘officially’ ended; still in the Northern Province alone, there arehundreds and thousands of people striving to live off the lands they once ownedand stand up from their misery.TNA MP, M.A. Sumanthiran said 84,000 people from…

    Sunday Leader - Dec 16 12:05 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, IDPs, WarCrimes ]

  • Needs outstrip housing construction in north

    Needs outstrip housing construction in north

    Donors and the government have pledged to build or repair a total of around 78,000 homes, of which the Indian government is funding 43,000. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) estimates war returnees need 170,000 homes. But this still leaves tens of thousands in need of housing, said Mahesh Gunasekera, IFRC’s senior programme…

    IRIN - Nov 14 10:52 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, SriLanka, IDPs ]

  • SRI LANKA: Former IDPs want more than leaking shacks

    SRI LANKA: Former IDPs want more than leaking shacks

    Moreover, in at least three of the villages in Mullaitivu District which opened up for returns between July and September 2012, no commitments have been made to provide any transitional shelters at all, the IDMC report said, with only half the requirement for transitional shelters being met in Kilinochchi District. Many of those affected have no choice but to live…

    IRIN - Nov 02 15:07 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, UN, IDPs ]

  • UNHCR to phase down its ops in SL

    UNHCR to phase down its ops in SL

    The UN (United Nations) said that the operational role of the UNHCR in Sri Lanka will be phase down for many of the reasons. Responding to a statement by Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinha, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres also stated that "the operational role of the UNHCR in Sri Lanka will be phased down for many of…

    Daily Mirror - Oct 04 10:25 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: UN, Genocide, IDPs ]

  • Update on the struggle to go home in post war Sri Lanka: Manthuvil in the Mullativu district

    Update on the struggle to go home in post war Sri Lanka: Manthuvil in the Mullativu district

    Due to insistence of the families, the Army had agreed to vacate the lands they (Army) had occupied and allow all six families to go back to their own lands. However, around two acres of lands remains occupied by the Army. The Army is refusing to hand over these lands. However, the people insist they want their own land back. All the families mentioned that they have…

    GroundViews - Sep 24 13:15 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: IDPs ]

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      -  No more displaced people - Daily Mirror
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