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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.


Helping vulnerable people to rebuild their lives

In the north and east of Sri Lanka, households headed by women and persons who were disabled due to the conflict are among the vulnerable needing support to develop sustainable livelihoods. The ICRC is enabling them to start income-generating activities and develop appropriate skills. >> Read full story

Facts and Figures

Between January and June 2014, the ICRC:

  • carried out 32 detention visits in 21 places of detention under the Ministry of Rehabilitation and Prisons Reforms and the Ministry of Law and Order;
  • provided ad hoc assistance notably in the form of cleaning materials, hygiene and recreational items to more than 10,000 detainees;
  • paid allowances to the families of 423 detainees to enable them to visit their relatives in detention, while 83 families exchanged news via Red Cross messages or oral messages over the phone;
  • fixed solar water-heating systems and fans in the Batticaloa and Negombo remand prisons, benefiting over 500 detainees;
  • carried out further repairs to two wards in the Anuradhapura remand prison, benefiting over 900 detainees;
  • continued to construct two, and renovate eight, open-dug wells in the Kiran divisional secretariat in Batticaloa with the aim of providing safe drinking water to over 1,000 individuals;
  • continued to improve sanitation and access to safe drinking water for over 7,000 schoolchildren in the Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts by constructing 32 toilets and eight overhead water tanks;
  • provided cash grants to 120 households headed by women, people with disabilities and 150 released rehabilitees (former fighters of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam), in line with a government community enhancement programme, helping them to earn a living.


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  • The ICRC in Sri Lanka

    The ICRC has been in Sri Lanka since 1989. Initially, we helped people affected by the uprising of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna in the south and the conflict between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in the north and east. Today, we are helping people affected by past conflict and promoting international humanitarian law among the armed forces, national authorities and academia.