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Internal displacement in Sri Lanka

This map shows the internal displacement in Sri Lanka as of July 2015

01 July 2015 | Map

Time for a new approach: Ending protracted displacement in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s experience illustrates how long-term displacement is a development challenge that needs to be addressed first and foremost by governments and supporting development actors.

01 July 2015 | Publication

The risk of disaster-induced displacement in South Asia

IDMC's paper provides evidence-based estimates of the likelihood of disaster-induced displacement in the nations belonging to the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation.

31 March 2015 | Publication

Oral statement to the 112th Human Rights Committee of the 5th report of Sri Lanka

Oral Statement delivered by IDMC to Committee members and Representatives of Sri Lankan Government at 112th session of the UN Human Rights Committee

07 October 2014 | Human Rights Mechanism

Submission to 112th session of the UN Human Rights Committee for October 2014 Sri Lanka review

Norwegian Refugee Council - Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre Report submitted to 112th session of the UN Human Rights Committee for October 2014 Sri Lanka review.

12 September 2014 | Human Rights Mechanism

Born in displacement: Challenges in assisting and protecting descendants of internally displaced people

Are children born to IDPs also IDPs? If so, until when? IDMC discusses the risks and issues surrounding children born in displacement

27 June 2014 | Publication

Q&A: If born in displacement, are you automatically an IDP?

IDMC attempts to unpack the question: are children born to internally displaced people (IDPs) themselves IDPs, and what are the impacts?

27 June 2014 | Blog Post

Oral statement by NRC-IDMC to the UN Human Rights Council in March 2014

Oral statement by the Norwegian Refugee Council - Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre to the 25th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in March 2014

27 March 2014 | Human Rights Mechanism

Can the UN Human Rights Council get Sri Lanka to take its commitments to its citizens seriously?

At the UN Human Rights Council, IDMC asks why recommendations adopted by Sri Lanka on IDPs have yet to be implemented.

25 March 2014 | Blog Post

Internal displacement in Sri Lanka: Memorandum for members of the Human Rights Council

Memorandum on internal displacement and durable solutions in Sri Lanka for members of the Human Rights Council at its 25th session in March 2014

26 February 2014 | Human Rights Mechanism

5 steps to help displaced Sri Lankans find solutions

On the occasion of Sri Lanka's Independence Day, 90,000 people still displaced in the country’s north and east may be in no mood to rejoice. With the UN Human Rights Council set to review Sri Lanka’s human rights record in March 2014, IDMC explains why the concerns of those displaced during the civil war must be top of the agenda.

04 February 2014 | Blog Post

Almost five years of peace but tens of thousands of war-displaced still without solution

Up to 90,000 of the over 800,000 people forced to flee during Sri Lanka’s civil war (1983- 2009) remain internally displaced, with tens of thousands more having returned home only to face a number of barriers to long-term solutions.

04 February 2014 | Overview

Sri Lanka: Internal displacement in brief

Of more than 480,000 people who had returned to Northern and Eastern provinces, many are still to achieve durable solutions

31 December 2013 | Summary

A hidden displacement crisis

Among those registered as having returned, many have not been able to achieve a durable solution but continue to face difficulties in accessing basic necessities, in rebuilding their livelihoods, and in exercising their civil rights

31 October 2012 | Overview

IDMC

Sri Lanka

IDMC's Sri Lanka page provides an overview of the latest figures and key concerns facing internally displaced people in the country.

31 July 2012 | Country Page

IDMC

Sri Lanka: IDPs and returnees remain in need of protection and assistance

In late 2010, over 320,000 people who had fled their homes due to the armed conflict before and after 2008 were estimated to remain internally displaced in Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, over 190,000 IDPs had returned to their homes, but were still in need of protection and assistance.

14 January 2011 | Country Profile

IDMC

Continuing humanitarian concerns and obstacles to durable solutions for recent and longer-term IDPs

The protracted armed conflict in Sri Lanka between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ended in May 2009. The final intense stages of combat were conducted predominantly in the northern LTTE-controlled Vanni region.

10 November 2009 | Overview

IDMC

Sri Lanka: Continuing humanitarian concerns and obstacles to durable solutions for recent and longer-term IDPs (November 2009)

The protracted armed conflict in Sri Lanka between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ended in May 2009. The final intense stages of combat were conducted predominantly in the northern LTTE-controlled Vanni region.

10 November 2009 | Country Profile

IDMC

Civilians displaced by conflict facing severe humanitarian crisis

The protracted armed conflict in Sri Lanka between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) appeared to be nearing an end in 2009 with the LTTE cornered in a small area of the northern Vanni region. However, there remained almost half a million internally displaced people (IDPs) in the country.

01 May 2009 | Overview

IDMC

Sri Lanka: Civilians displaced by conflict facing severe humanitarian crisis (May 2009)

The protracted armed conflict in Sri Lanka between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) appeared to be nearing an end in 2009 with the LTTE cornered in a small area of the northern Vanni region. However, there remained almost half a million internally displaced people (IDPs) in the country.

01 May 2009 | Country Profile

IDMC

Returns in the east but new displacements in the north

The protracted armed conflict in Sri Lanka between government forces and the rebel Libera-tion Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has led to 70,000 deaths and the internal displacement of over one million people. At present almost half a million people, out of the country’s popula-tion of 21 million, remain as internally displaced person (IDPs).

27 August 2008 | Overview

IDMC

Sri Lanka: Returns in the east but new displacements in the north

The 25-year-old civil war in Sri Lanka, stemming from historical differences between the Sinhalese majority and the Tamil minority, has led to more than 70,000 deaths and the displacement of over a million people, almost half of whom continue to be internally displaced persons (IDPs) today.

27 August 2008 | Country Profile

IDMC

UPR Submission Sri Lanka 2008

At least 480,000 people are currently internally displaced in Sri Lanka due to the conflict between government forces and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Historical divisions between the Sinhalese majority and Tamil minority in Sri Lanka have led to the 25-year civil war, which has caused 70,000 deaths and the large-scale displacement.

01 February 2008 | Human Rights Mechanism

IDMC

Civilians in the way of conflict: Displaced people in Sri Lanka

Since mid-2006, a dramatic escalation in the civil war in Sri Lanka between government forces and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has resulted in over 4,000 deaths and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people. The latest phase of the 24-year conflict has also prolonged the misery of large numbers of civilians already displaced by the conflict between 1983 and 2002, and by the December 2004 tsunami.

26 September 2007 | Country Profile

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