UNHCR Welcomes Govt. initiatives on IDPs
The conditions at the IDP sites in North are in line
with international standards, UNHCR the international lead agency for
the internally displaced persons, says in a statement yesterday (31).
In this statement UNHCR states it wishes to make
reference to the Guidance Note outlining principles on protection and
assistance with regards to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) from
the Vanni in the districts of Vavuniya, Jaffna and Mannar.
UNHCR welcomes recent initiatives by the government to
start the release of persons with special needs (some 371 elderly
persons have already been released) and begin reunifying separated
families inside the IDP sites. The agency also notes that the government
has drawn up a plan to facilitate visits by relatives of the (IDPs) to
the sites, once the registration process is complete, the statement
In terms of assistance, UNHCR continues to support the
government with regular distribution of non-food items and protection
monitoring along with efforts to resolve decongestion, among other
issues, at the transit/IDP sites.
UNHCR is satisfied with aid distributions so far and
will continue to provide assistance to the IDPs at the sites. As
displacement continues, the Agency will also carry out regular gaps
analysis to better respond to new arrivals in the three districts.
Courtesy: Policy Research & Information Unit of the