Saturday, 21 June 2014 - 13:15
UN High Commissioner for Refugees values Sri Lanka's progress.
UN's top refugee agency today commended the progress made by Sri Lanka in reintegrating over five hundred thousand internally displaced persons since the end of the civil conflict with the LTTE in 2009.
The Sri Lankan government has made great strides in reintegrating 573 thousand 651 returning internally displaced persons since the end of civil conflict in 2009.
UNHCR is assisting the Sri Lankan government in finding durable solutions for the remaining displaced people.
It said that Sri Lanka has very effectively dealt with the issue of statelessness on its territory by passing legislation enabling Tamils of Indian-origin, and a population of ethnic Chinese, who had been in the country since the 1940s, to access citizenship.
The statement said that Sri Lanka is often cited as the best practice in the region in resolving issues of statelessness.