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Last updated: 04 October, 2009 - Published 14:37 GMT
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'Publish IDP details'- CMC
Mano Ganesan
CMC is ready to launch a website to publish IDP details
The Sri Lankan government should publish the details of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) immediately, says the Civil Monitoring Commission (CMC).

CMC convener and parliamentarian Mano Ganesan said the government should reveal the information of the IDPs including names, permanent addresses, National Identification Card (NIC) numbers and other personal details of the IDPs .

The press release issued by the CMC on Sunday said that it want the government publish the ‘details of the 150000 IDPs it claims to have registered and the details of the 110 000 IDP’s whom it claims to have issued identity cards (ID) at the camps’.

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union, Ravinatha Aryasinha addressing the Human Rights Sub Committee of the European Parliament on Thursday said “out of 290000 people liberated from the LTTE, over 150 000 had been registered and 110 000 issued with ID cards”.

Political tool

He urged the EU not to use the displaced persons in Sri Lanka as a political tool but to assist the government in looking after them and resettlement programmes.

IDP cmaps in Sri Lanka
Government said it has registered over 150 000 IDPs

CMC said it is prepared to work with the government to launch a website to publish the details for the benefit of Tamils and the international community.

“The government should know that providing IDP details to the family members in Sri Lanka and abroad is vital than providing it to the international community” CMC pointed out.

IDP camps illegal

Meanwhile, Tamil and Muslim leaders in Sri Lanka have joined together to call the IDP camps in northern Sri Lanka illegal.

In an unprecedented statement, leaders from five political parties representing the two main minority communities urged the government that the IDPs "should be released immediately to return to their homes".

Tamil leaders R. Sampanthan MP, V. Anandasangaree, Mano Ganesan MP and K. Vigneswaran and Muslim leader Rauff Hakim MP are signatories to the statement released to media on Thursday.

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