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Internally Displaced Persons: Sri Lanka

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 24 June 2009

11. To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his most recent assessment is of the humanitarian situation in camps for internally displaced persons in Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement. (281802)

The formal military conflict between the Government of Sri Lanka and LTTE has now ended. The entire humanitarian caseload of 280,000 IDPs are now in camps under the control of the GoSL. The humanitarian response is moving from an emergency to a maintenance phase and basic living conditions are slowly improving. However, the lack of activity permitted such as freedom of movement remains of concern. Early return of the IDPs to their homes is vital.