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[19 Feb 2006 | No Comment | ]

“Every human being shall have the right to be protected against being arbitrarily displaced from his or her home or place of habitual residence…
Displacement shall last no longer than required by the circumstances.”
UN Commission on Human Rights, Guiding Principle on Internal Displacement, 1988
We visited Hulhumale’ while temporary shelters were being built for the tsunami victims. Our first thoughts were on how they would be able to live there. Anybody who knows Hulhumale’ would know the barren landscape there. Like the aftermath of a nuclear war. The ceilings in the temporary …

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[19 Feb 2006 | No Comment | ]

A study by UN finds that harassment in camps for tsunami victims in Maldives is common, reports Minivan News.

The dire situation for tsunami victims has led men to turn to drugs, causing further trauma for those living in the shelters, particularly women.
“Women from Mundoo island now living in a camp at Gan island in the Maldives have reported feeling unsafe and say that the lack of privacy results in harassment and intimidation. Camp residents have reported several cases of sexual harassment and rape.”
““It’s very difficult now. Men are high …

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[19 Feb 2006 | No Comment | ]

Minivan News reports about a UN study on how governments are violating the rights of tsunami survivors.

In the Maldives, the viability of government’s ‘safe island’ programme is in serious doubt. “The programme’s stated aims are to develop a few islands as economically and socially sustainable. The government argues that this will enable cost-effective delivery of services and will provide protection from natural and other disasters. It will also, according to the government, divert the influx of migrants to its capital, Male’,” the report states.
“This plan, in existence since 1998, …