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The ICRC in Sri Lanka

 	Northern Sri Lanka. Displaced people take part in a resettlement programme.

The ICRC delegation in Sri Lanka works with authorities and organizations to help Sri Lankans affected by the past conflict.These include the families of missing persons, people detained in connection with the past conflict and economically vulnerable households.The ICRC also works with ministries,  the armed forces, the police and universities to promote international humanitarian law and international human rights law.

Facts and Figures

In 2013, the ICRC

  • supported more than 1,500 patients with disabilities by making available to the Jaffna Jaipur Centre for Disability Rehabilitation the raw materials and technical expertise needed to produce prostheses and other mobility devices;
  • Covered the costs of rehabilitation for 70 disabled people at Navajeevana orthopaedic centre in Tangalle.
  • monitored 960 people held in detention facilities and rehabilitation;
  • provided hygiene and recreation items for more than 10,000 detainees and former LTTE fighters released after the demobilization and rehabilitation process;
  • supported repair work in the Anuradhapura, Batticaloa and New Magazine prisons and the Boossa detention centre, benefiting over 2,200 detainees;
  • together with the Sri Lanka Red Cross, provided cash grants to 650 households in the Mullaitivu district headed by women or people with disabilities, helping them earn a living;
  • provided cash grants to 152 former LTTE fighters who returned home from rehabilitation centres, to help them rejoin society and earn a living;
  • worked with the Sri Lanka Red Cross to provide safe drinking water and better sanitary facilities for nearly 13,000 people, including schoolchildren, in the Batticaloa, Polonaruwa and Mullaitivu districts;
  • trained over 500 members of the security forces and 2,215 personnel set to be deployed on peace-support missions in international humanitarian law;
  • provided training for Sri Lankan judicial medical officers and other forensic experts.

 

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