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1000 refugees return from India

Aug 18, 2010 7:06:04 AM - itnnews.lk

About 1,000 Sri Lankan refugees in Tamil Nadu had gone back to their homeland with the assistance of the United Nationa High Commission for Refugees from January this year.

This was revealed by Dr Montserrat Feixas Vihe, chief of mission, UNHCR. He was delivering a lecture on Protection of refugees in India. It was organized by by Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University in Chennai yesterday. Mr. Vihe said UNHCR was ready to provide assistance to all refugees who want to return to their country.

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. She emphasized that it did not force the refugees to leave the country.

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.