UN Special Rapporteur pleased with Sri Lanka’s progress in resettlement of IDPs

Thu, Dec 5, 2013, 01:45 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

ChalokaBeyaniDec 04, Colombo: The special representative of the United Nations in Geneva on the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), who is in Sri Lanka on a fact finding mission, has been impressed with Sri Lanka’s overall progress made in the resettlement of IDPs in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, the government said.

The visiting UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Dr Chaloka Beyani is currently in Jaffna to examine the situation of the resettlement of IDPs in the North and he will be visiting the Mullativu district today (4th Dec).

Secretary to the Resettlement Ministry Janaka Sugathadasa yesterday said the UN Special Rapporteur was positive and glad about the government’s post-war reconstruction and development process.

During his visit from 2 to 6 December, Dr Beyani, who arrived in Sri Lanka on Tuesday at the invitation of the government, will meet with representatives from the Sri Lankan government, civil society and the UN, among others.

“I will gather first-hand information from all parties, including displaced persons and affected communities themselves,” Dr. Beyani said.

Dr. Beyani was briefed on the work that government has done on the resettlement of IDPs, and their livelihood restoration, the Sri Lankan government said.

He was positive about the country’s significant achievements made in the restoration of participatory democracy by holding elections, according to the government official.

Dr. Beyani will present preliminary observations through a written statement shortly after the end of his mission. His full report will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in June 2014.

Original source: http://www.colombopage.com/archive_13B/Dec05_1386188100CH.php

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