KHCC stresses return of Kachin IDP

The Kachin Post / September 27, 2019

Kachin Humanitarian Concern Committee (KHCC) has expressed its concern over the return of Kachin Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) to home, highlighting safety and guarantee of the war refugee’s livelihood according to the international humanitarian standard.

The return of Kachin IDP home could only be guarantee if there is a recognition of international humanitarian standard and both the Burmese government and Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) reach a deal to repatriate the war refugees, said in a statement released by KHCC yesterday.

KHCC said it has been working for safe and dignified return home of Kachin IDP, most of them originally from almost 200 villages across Kachin State in Northern Burma. All the villages were destroyed by Burma Army during the renewed war with Kachin Independence Army, the armed wing of KIO, since 2011. Over a hundred thousand Kachins were displaced and most of them living in makeshift camps along the Chinese Border.

In April 2019, leaders from KHCC held the first meeting with National Reconciliation and Peace Center (NRPC) in the country’s capital Naypyidaw. Both parties had agreed five points to work on repatriation of Kachin IDP.

KHCC was formed by the leaders from all Christians denominations in Kachin State in October 2017 to address the IDP issue. The committee already held meetings with NRPC four times and three times with KIO, regarding the systematic return of IDP home.