Report to the UNGA by Walter Kalin Representative of the Secretary-General on the human rights of internally displaced persons – August 2009
The report covers period from August 2008 to July 2009
As of early 2009 global IDPs stood at approximately 26million.
Sri Lanka’s IDPs were almost 300,000
Walter Kalin visited Sri Lanka from 2-6 April 2009. He visited Omanthai Checkpoint and met IDPs at transit sites and camps in Vavuniya including Menik Farm.
Principle 12.2 of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement required IDPs “shall not be interned in or confined to a camp. If in exceptional circumstances such internment or confinement is absolutely necessary, it shall not last longer than required by the circumstances”.
Did this principle ever fathom that LTTE armed militants had a trained civilian unit to kill? Does the UN wish to have these trained terrorists in civilian let free to roam outside of the conflict zone and create anarchy across the country as revenge for what happened to LTTE? Has the UN even thought of the dangers to letting lose people in civilian clothing who could have been members of LTTE civilian armed force. Shouldn’t the UN have given the GoSL time to filter these IDPs?
On 15 May 2009 Walter Kalin issued a press release that civilians were being forced to stay in the conflict zone.
How aware was Walter Kalin of LTTE’s civilian armed force? Could he differentiate who was a real civilian and who were civilians attached to LTTE’s armed force? When the conflict was not even over by 15 May 2009, how can Kalin demand IDPs to be released?
A question that the UN and Walter Kalin must answer is – where were they when IDPs victims of LTTE were in refugee camps and still lingering in makeshift camps? Why didn’t Kalin and UN pluck out their action plans to demand freedom of movement for Sinhalese & Muslims displaced by LTTE?
As of 10 July 2009
2778,051 IDPs from Vanni were in camps
4329 were in hospitals
5483 IDPs had been released.