Practice Relating to Rule 131. Treatment of Displaced Persons
Section A. Provision of basic necessities
Australia’s LOAC Manual (2006) states:
Refugees are entitled to the same rights and privileges as other protected persons. They are entitled to respect for their person, honour, their family rights, their religious convictions and practices and their manners and customs.
The LOAC Manual (2006) replaces both the Defence Force Manual (1994) and the Commanders’ Guide (1994).
In 2010, in a ministerial statement before the House of Representatives on the situation in Sri Lanka, Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs stated:
Australia held concerns about the camps for internally displaced people and we put these concerns directly to the Sri Lankan government at the time, calling for freedom of movement for displaced persons and management of the camps in accordance with international humanitarian standards.
During my November visit to Colombo, I discussed with the Sri Lankan government the importance of freedom of movement for all internally displaced civilians. Accordingly, Australia welcomed the Sri Lankan government’s announcement on 1 December last year which allowed freer movement for people in the camps. Tens of thousands of people have taken advantage of that decision to travel outside the camps.
In 2010, in a statement before the UN Human Rights Council Periodic Review on Kenya, the representative of Australia stated: “We continue to be concerned about the insufficient protection of, and assistance to, internally displaced persons”.