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Jaffna Security Forces release 54 more acres in Myladi; 187 families to return to their lands

Image: Owners of the land waking towards their land after 27 years. (SLArmy) Responding positively to the concerns of the public, Members of Parliament (MPs)...

AMB Robert Blake on Sri Lanka: “Our secret plan was not to save LTTE but to rescue IDPs “

The United States had “a detailed coordinated plan” with the Indian and Sri Lanka Governments for its Navy to rescue trapped displaced persons in...

For Mavai Senathirajah 27 years of pain is over

By Manekshaw. Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) leader and Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian Mavai S. Senathirajah became the first high profile Internally Displaced Person (IDP)...

‘Ai Weiwei Drifting’: China’s most famous, displaced artist

The new DW documentary accompanies artist Ai Weiwei during work on his own film. It depicts his life between Beijing, New York and Berlin,...

Video:Sri Lanka is not just the story of Sinhalese or Tamils – UN SP Izsák-Ndiaye

Rita Izsák-Ndiaye at the side event (c)s.deshapriya. Ms. Rita Izsák-Ndiaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues speaking at a side event on 17th March...

Sri Lanka has the obligation to ensure equal rights and equal opportunities for Muslims

Image: Jensila Majeed speaking at a side event organised by IMADR at HRC 34 on Women and Minority Rights in Sri Lanka's TJ process....

Sellamma returns home after Army occupation to find her house in pitiful state

by Ruki Fernando and Marisa de Silva. We first met 83 year old grandmother Sellamma when she was part of a protest fast outside the...

Honour the promises! No justification for not returning the Lands to the Civilians – Samapanthan

Image: Women led peaceful agitations calling for releasing their land has intensified in recent times. (photo @garrikaalan) Sending a open letter to the president Sirisena,...

CEADW 66: WAN raises Issues related to women’s access to justice in N & E of Sri Lanka

Image: Sri Lanka civil society delegtes at the CEADW 66. At the ongoing 66 session of CEADW in Geneva  Women’s Action Network  has raised following...

Sellamma & her struggle to reclaim her house and land in Puthukudiyiruppu

Ruki Fernando. Sellamma is 83 years old. She has a house in Puthukudiyiruppu (PTK) East, Ward no. 7, in the Mullaitivu district in the Northern...

Sri Lanka: Immediately Release Land of the People of Keppapilavu urge Civil groups

Image: protesting villagers  Keppapilavu by @shalin. We, the undersigned civil society organizations, write this statement to express solidarity with protestors of Keppapilavu and condemn the...

Muslims not discriminated against in Northern Province, says CV Wigneswaran

(Image cortesy of IRIN/Amantha Perera) By P K Balachandran. COLOMBO: The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, has refuted an allegation made by...

New policy on durable solutions in Sri Lanka: the challenge of implementation

(Internally displaced woman in a Welfare Centre in the Jaffna area, Northern Sri Lanka, January 2016.) On 16 August 2016, the Sri Lankan Cabinet approved...

Sri Lanka: Army to Release Another 700 Acres

( File photo: requesting their land in Valikamam ) The Army has agreed to release to civilians 700 more acres of private land occupied by...

Sri Lanka: New Policy To Protect Rights Of IDPs

( Refugees returning  from India at the Air Port) Read the draft policy on IDPS as a PDF:Draft policy on resettlement of IDPs A new National...

Sri Lanka: Cabinet Approves National Policy To Deal With War Displaced

( Camp of war displaced in Sri Lanka; 2009 file photo) The cabinet has approved a national policy to deal with war displaced families, the...

Sri Lankan Forces release 700 Acres more in North

T. Ramakrishnan. Sri Lankan security forces have released 700 more acres and the Kankesanthurai railway station in the Northern Province, a few days before the...

Sri Lanka Can’t Rush Releasing the Lands Acquired by Military From Tamils – Defence Secretary

All the lands except the ones occupied for the purpose of security in North and East will be released while paying compensation for the...

Issues of Reconciliation in Sri Lanka: Respond Quickly, Sampanthan Tells Govt

( Image: A Tamil woman worshiping- AP Photo -Eranga Jayawardena) “Seven years have elapsed since the end of the armed conflict in the country. Several hundred...

Government Allocates USD 95.8 Million for Rehabilitation of War Affected

(Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena -File|AP) By P.K.Balachandran. COLOMBO: The Maithripala Sirisena government has allocated LKR 14,000 million (USD 95.8 million) in 2016 for the rehabilitation...

Sri Lanka Will Resettle All War-Displaced By Year-end: Minister

PTI- Colombo: Sri Lanka will by year-end resettle all people, including the minority Muslims and the Sinhalese, who were displaced during the nearly three-decade-long...

Tamil Politicians Demand Release of Myliddy From Military Occupation

( Myliddy; image courtesy Tamildiplomat) Tamil politicians this week stepped up calls on the Sri Lankan military to release occupied land in the fishing village...

High Impact Resettlement Projects in North and East

( Building houses for IDPs in North, a Habitat photo) The government has allocated Rs. 14 billion for high impact resettlement projects in the Northern...

Returning to Original Places Very Important for IDPs – Norwegian Deputy FM

(The Opposition Leader and the Leader Of Tamil National Alliance Hon. R . Sampanthan met with  visiting Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Tore Hattrem on...

Committee to Look into Resettlment of Sinhala and Muslim Families in North

(Thousands of houses in Jaffna were destroyed during the war) Cabinet has decided to appoint a ministerial committee chaired by the President and including the...

Finalize Identifying Land for Resettlement in North by 3rd June – President

President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to the relevant officials to finalize the process of identification of lands for the resettlement of internally displaced...

Review: ‘Dheepan,’ About Sri Lankan Refugees, Looks Like a Prophecy

By A. O. SCOTTMAY 5, 2016. Jacques Audiard’s “Dheepan,” which won the Palme d’Or in Cannes a year ago, arrives in North American theaters having...

No LTTE in Sri Lanka to Support – President CTC

(Canadian Tamil Congress with the support of Trincomalee Welfare Association (Canada) committed to build temporary houses for these 41 women headed families. A little...

‘Jaffna Steel Houses Unfit for Human Habitation’ – Expert Report

A team of experts from Moratuwa University has found that 65,000 steel houses, to be constructed in Jaffna by ArcelorMittal multinational steel company, are...

Conflict Affect Displacement in Sri Lanka: Major Obstacles to Durable Solutions

(Vikalka photo: Sinhalese IDPs in Panama) It  is  imperative  that  the  Government  sets  out  a  time  frame  for  expediting  resettlement  and ensure that the bulk...
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