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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Sri Lanka: Escalation of conflict leaves tens of thousands of IDPs without protection and assistance

The protracted armed conflict between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has escalated dramatically since the beginning of 2006, with an estimated 3,300 people having been killed and over 200,000 internally displaced, in addition to the hundreds of thousands uprooted earlier on in the conflict and by the tsunami of December 2004.

04 November 2006 | Country Profile

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Sri Lanka: Profile of Internal Displacement

The tsunami of December 2004 forced a million Sri Lankans from their homes, adding a new displacement crisis to that caused by the island's long-running civil war. As of mid-2005, some 800,000 people remained displaced, 450,000 from the natural disaster and 350,000 from the human conflict.

01 September 2005 | Country Profile

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Sri Lanka: Profile of Internal Displacement

By the end of 2003, more than 345,000 people, out of a total internally displaced population of 730,000, had returned home since a ceasefire ended two decades of civil war in early 2002. While the government and Tamil rebels are committed to creating conditions for large-scale returns, the internally displaced are not adequately protected and assisted.

07 April 2004 | Country Profile

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Sri Lanka: Profile of Internal Displacement (September 2003)

More than 300,000 people, out of a total displaced population of 800,000, have returned home since a ceasefire ended 20 years of hostilities in 2002. Despite the ceasefire, however, many remain displaced, while many of those who have been able to return have not done so in safety and dignity. Returning IDPs face safety threats, property dispossession, landlessness and a lack of basic infrastructure and basic services.

16 September 2003 | Country Profile

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Sri Lanka: Profile of Internal Displacement (January 2003)

After more than 20 years of a civil war, which has caused the death of more than 64,000 people and displaced over a million people inside and outside the country, Sri Lanka now appears to have firmly set its course on peace and reconciliation.

02 January 2003 | Country Profile

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Internally Displaced Persons in Sri Lanka

The main cause of displacement in Sri Lanka is the armed conflict between the LTTE (The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) and government forces. The underlying cause of the conflict, which has been ongoing since 1983 is a longstanding dispute between the Sinhalese and Tamil communities in the country.

20 March 2002 | Country Profile

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Sri Lanka: Profile of Internal Displacement

The main cause of displacement in Sri Lanka is the armed conflict between the LTTE (The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) and Government forces. Other war-related causes of displacement include forced recruitment by the LTTE, human rights abuse by both sides and inter-communal violence in the east (UNHCR November 2000).

06 June 2001 | Country Profile

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Sri Lanka: Profile of Internal Displacement

The main cause of displacement in Sri Lanka is the armed conflict between the LTTE (The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) and Government forces. Other war-related causes of displacement include forced recruitment by the LTTE, human rights abuse by both sides and inter-communal violence in the east (UNHCR November 2000).

25 November 2000 | Country Profile

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Internally Displaced Persons in Sri Lanka

The main cause of displacement in Sri Lanka is the armed conflict between the LTTE (The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) and government forces. The underlying cause of the conflict, which has been ongoing since 1983 is a longstanding dispute between the Sinhalese and Tamil communities in the country.

01 April 2000 | Country Profile

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Internally Displaced Persons in Sri Lanka

The main cause of displacement in Sri Lanka is the armed conflict between the LTTE (The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) and government forces. The underlying cause of the conflict, which has been ongoing since 1983 is a longstanding dispute between the Sinhalese and Tamil communities in the country.

01 November 1999 | Country Profile

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