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Displaced for 10 years, Sri Lankans find new homes under UN-backed project

More than 360 displaced families have been given new homes in northern Sri Lanka under a United Nations-backed programme after spending a decade in overcrowded welfare centres for internally displaced persons (IDP).

Top UN relief official discusses humanitarian concerns with Sri Lankan President

Assistance for returnees and ensuring the safety of civilians and aid workers were on the agenda today as United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes met with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to discuss humanitarian matters in the South Asian island nation.

UN relief chief tours conflict-wracked areas of eastern Sri Lanka

The top United Nations humanitarian official toured eastern Sri Lanka today, meeting with some of the tens of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in the region and holding talks with local authorities to try to improve the relief effort there.

Sri Lanka: UN relief chief calls on Government to probe aid workers’ murders

Terming the killings a year ago today of 17 Sri Lankan aid workers “probably the single worst crime committed against humanitarian workers in recent history,” the top United Nations humanitarian official called on the Government to investigate “with the full weight and force of the justice system” the crime that has seemingly become a cold case.

Sri Lanka’s displaced need greater assistance, says UN refugee official

A senior United Nations refugee agency official today urged the Sri Lankan Government to step up its efforts to aid the displaced by allocating land and allowing them to move out of welfare centres they have been living in for over two decades.

Top UN rights official meets with Sri Lankan President

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has held what she termed “very productive” talks with the President of Sri Lanka, where millions of people have been affected by fighting between the Government and rebel forces.

Sri Lanka: UN and its partners condemn evictions of Tamils from capital

United Nations agencies and their humanitarian partners operating on the ground in Sri Lanka have condemned the forcible removal of Tamil residents from the country’s capital, Colombo.

UN agencies and partners condemn killings of two Sri Lankan aid workers

United Nations agencies and their partners on the ground today condemned in the strongest possible terms the brutal killings of two workers of the Sri Lankan Red Cross, warning that this is a sign of intensified danger for relief personnel.

Secretary-General mourns deaths of two aid workers in Sri Lanka

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the brutal killings of two employees of the Sri Lankan Red Cross at the weekend and offered his condolences to their families.

30,000 returnees in Sri Lanka doing well despite lack of preparation – UN

Some 30,000 displaced Sri Lankan civilians who fled heavy fighting in February between Government and rebel troops have returned home and are doing well despite receiving little advance information about local conditions, the United Nations refugee agency said today.