Sri Lanka

UN, partners step up efforts to help uprooted in Sri Lanka

The United Nations, along with dozens of partner agencies, are working to improve basic conditions in camps housing people who fled the recently-ended conflict in northern Sri Lanka, it was announced today.

Scale of Sri Lanka aid effort ‘huge,’ says UN humanitarian wing

The United Nations humanitarian wing said today that the overall scale of the relief operation in Sri Lanka, where nearly 300,000 people have been displaced by the recent conflict, remains “huge,” while an action plan for assistance still needs 60 per cent of the requested funding.

Inquiry into alleged abuses crucial for Sri Lanka’s recovery – UN rights chief

Investigating human rights abuses allegedly committed against civilians by both the Government of Sri Lanka and Tamil rebels will help the country transition into a new future, the United Nations human rights chief stated.

Durable political solution key to development in post-conflict Sri Lanka – Ban

Addressing the aspirations and grievances of all communities, as well as finding a lasting political solution, is essential for long-term development in the wake of the end of the long-running conflict between Sri Lankan troops and separatist rebels, according to a joint statement issued by the Government of the South Asian nation and the United Nations.

UN chief visits civilians displaced by Sri Lanka conflict

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today witnessed firsthand the plight of some of the 300,000 people uprooted by the conflict between the Sri Lankan Government and Tamil rebels, during what he described as a “very sobering” visit to one of the major displacement camps.

Ban arrives in Sri Lanka for first-hand look at post-conflict situation

Calling for an end to “old enmities,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Sri Lanka today, days after the Government declared that its military operation against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has ended.

Sri Lanka: top UN official visits camps for uprooted civilians

A senior United Nations official travelled today to camps housing civilians who escaped Government-rebel clashes in northern Sri Lanka, ahead of a visit by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who departs today for the South Asian island nation.

UN refugee agency concerned at camp conditions for Sri Lanka’s displaced

The United Nations refugee agency today expressed concern over conditions in the camps set up for people displaced by the recent fighting in Sri Lanka, including overcrowding and limited services.

Secretary-General to head to Sri Lanka later this week

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today that he will visit Sri Lanka later this week, in part to get a first-hand look at the situation on the ground after the Government declared that its military operation against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has ended.

UN efforts focusing on plight of civilians in post-conflict Sri Lanka

The United Nations is closely watching the situation in Sri Lanka, where the Government has declared an end to its military operation against Tamil separatists, while focusing on assisting the hundreds of thousands of civilians displaced by the conflict, a top United Nations official said today.