Protection of internally displaced persons in situations of natural disaster

Assessment of human rights issues in the immediate aftermath of the Boxing Day tsunami. Meetings in Sri Lanka and Thailand assessed the specific situations in these countries; they were particularly timely, coming at the transition between emergency response and reconstruction. Concerns include access to assistance, discrimination in aid provision, enforced relocation, sexual and gender-based violence, recruitment of children into fighting forces, loss of documentation, safe and voluntary return or resettlement, and issues of property restitution.