June 07, Colombo: Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs), Dr. Chaloka Beyani will present his full report on his visit to Sri Lanka in December last year to the Twenty-sixth session of the UN Human Rights Council next week.
In his report, Dr. Beyani, providing an account of his activities from January 2013 to March 2014, will describe his visit to Sri Lanka from 2 to 6 December 2013.
During the visit Special Rapporteur undertook at the invitation of the Sri Lankan Government, he travelled to Colombo, Jaffna, Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi, and met with internally displaced persons.
In his report, the Special Rapporteur welcomes the efforts made by the Government of Sri Lanka to rebuild the infrastructure destroyed during the conflict and the demining in return areas, and stressed that the post-conflict reconstruction process should also focus on addressing durable solutions for all internally displaced persons, both those who had been relocated by the Government and those who had returned to their areas of origin on a comprehensive basis.
"In the national context of transition from relief to development in the aftermath of conflict, it is essential that the Government and development actors engage in resolving the issue of displaced persons and address their durable solutions needs and livelihoods in development plans, the rule of law, human rights and good governance programs, " he will tell the Council.
Dr. Beyani welcomed the agreement to conduct a joint needs assessment, which will be vital for establishing agreed sets of statistical data on the number of internally displaced persons who have returned or been resettled.
He points out the need to complete this exercise expediently in order to establish how many people are still displaced, and also how many still do not have access to their original lands.
The Special Rapporteur called for data, disaggregated by gender and age, on internal displacement, for adequate planning, as well as a survey of the intention of displaced persons with regard to durable solutions.
The Special Rapporteur expressed concern at the significant number of people still living in protracted displacement, as well as at those who have returned or settled elsewhere in the North but still live in very precarious conditions and need more durable housing, access to social services, and livelihood opportunities.
HRC on 12 June will consider the report of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced person,s Chaloka Beyani on his mission to Sri Lanka.