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South Tripura Camps: Assistance For Refugees

Volume 572: debated on Thursday 16 May 1996

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they have seen the report on the visit of 20th April 1996 to the South Tripura camps, in which refugees from the Chittagong Hill Tracts are located, by Mr. Jayanta Bhattacharjee (Press Trust of India), Mr. Sekhar Dutta (

The Telegraph, Calcutta) and Mr. Salyabrata Chakraborty ( The Statemen, Calcutta), in which these journalists found that relief supplies had been cut off, and the refugees were not allowed to leave the camps without special permission; and whether they will propose to the Indian Government that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees be invited to send representatives to the camps to assess and help provide for the humanitarian needs of these refugees.

We have seen the press reports concerned. Our High Commission in New Delhi is seeking comments from the Indian Government.