1,000 Sri Lankan refugees have returned: UNHCR
Dr Montserrat Feixas Vihe, chief of mission, UNHCR, said yesterday (17th) around 1,000 Sri Lankan refugees in Tamil Nadu had gone back to their homeland with the assistance of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) from January this year.
She said India had been generous in treating the refugees from different
countries, including Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Tibet and Afghanistan, by
providing them adequate access to health and educational services and it
did not force the refugees to leave the country. But, India was still
not a signatory to the 1951 convention relating to the status of
refugees and did not have a separate law to deal with the issues of
refugees, she pointed out.
Stating that 147 countries had signed the convention, the UNHCR's chief
of mission said every country must have a separate legal frame work for
refugees so that their rights could be ensured even if any government
had failed to address their problems.
Dr. Vihe made the above statement on Sri lankan Refugees were made
during a lecture on Protection of refugees in India', organised by Tamil
Nadu Dr Ambedkar Law University. She further said UNHCR was ready to
provide assistance to all refugees who want to return to their country.