Home » » The Sri Lanka’s Response: ‘Sri Lanka Reiterates Its Continued Cooperation And Engagement With The Work Of UNHRC’

The Sri Lanka’s Response: ‘Sri Lanka Reiterates Its Continued Cooperation And Engagement With The Work Of UNHRC’

Written By Freedam to the nation resettlement of IDPs on Thursday, March 6, 2014 | 12:50 AM

IDPs and Land rights from the speech made by Minister of External Affairs and Leader of the Sri Lanka delegation at the High Level Segment of the 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva today (05th March 2014).
Full Text Of The Sri Lanka’s Response: ‘Sri Lanka Reiterates Its Continued Cooperation And Engagement With The Work Of UNHRC’ - https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sri-lanka-reiterates-its-continued-cooperation-and-engagement-with-the-work-of-unhrc-gl/

IDPs
A total area of 1,980 sqkm, which is 96 % of the areas identified for demining have been cleared as at the end of December 2013. 70 % of the demining was carried out by the Sri Lanka Army
This paved the way for the expeditious resettlement of internally displaced persons. 297,000 Internally Displaced Persons who were housed at Menik Farm Welfare Village immediately after the conflict in 2009 have now been fully resettled and this facility was closed in September 2012. Action is being taken to expedite resettlement of the remaining 7,094 IDP families in the North and the East. Of this, 5,585 are currently staying with host families. The Government is also working towards finding durable solutions to resettle approximately 75,000 Muslim who were forcibly evicted from the Northern Province by the LTTE in an ethnic cleansing exercise, over 20 years ago. Further, a study is underway with the collaboration of the UNHCR to establish whether there are any hitherto unreported displaced persons and the report is expected by end March 2014.

Land
Land is one of the most complex and sensitive residual issues of the conflict and continues to be addressed. In line with the LLRC recommendation, the Government is implementing the Land Commissioner General’s Special Land Circular which provides for the granting of legal ownership of land to those IDPs who have been resettled. In January 2014 alone, 3,623 land requests have been received in the Northern Province. Of this, 2,321 have been resolved, making a total of 24,389 resolutions of 147,504 land requests to date. In the Eastern Province, 490 land requests have been received in January (total 11,662 to date) and 83 have been resolved (total 1,260 to date).
The former High Security Zones (HSZ) have ceased to exist. Palaly cantonment is now the only area in which some security restrictions remain although civilians have unrestricted access to Palaly airport and KKS harbour. Similarly, former HSZ in the Eastern Province, located in the Sampoor area from 2007 has been reduced in extent by 65 per cent and declared a Licensed Zone under the Board of investment.
As at January 2014 the Government has released 19,322 acres of private land and 2,518 acres of State owned land in the Northern Province which were hitherto used by the military. In the East, the Government has released 689 acres of private land and 3,222 acres of State land. Therefore the total figure of lands released in the North and the East amounts to 20,011 acres of private land and 5,740 acres of State land.
The Terms of Reference for a Fourth Land Commission are under preparation. Amendment to the Prescription Ordinance will be presented in Parliament by April, 2014. Steps are being taken to Gazette the necessary Orders under the Special Mediation Boards Act, to establish relevant Boards in certain areas where the armed conflict prevailed, and address certain identified land disputes that have arisen in those areas. This amply demonstrates that allegations of ‘land grabbing’ taking place in the former conflict-affected areas are entirely unfounded.

Full Text Of The Sri Lanka’s Response: ‘Sri Lanka Reiterates Its Continued Cooperation And Engagement With The Work Of UNHRC’ - https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sri-lanka-reiterates-its-continued-cooperation-and-engagement-with-the-work-of-unhrc-gl/


Share this article :

Post a Comment

Blog Archive

 
Support : Creating Website | Johny Template | Mas Template
Copyright © 2011. Freedom to the Nation - Resettlement of IDP - All Rights Reserved
Template Created by Creating Website Published by Mas Template
Proudly powered by Blogger