Practice Relating to Rule 132. Return of Displaced Persons
In 2009, in response to a question by a member of the National Council, Switzerland’s Federal Council stated:
The Federal Council considers that what is most urgent is to ensure the protection of the civilian population, in particular of evacuated victims of war and internally displaced [persons]. This is why Switzerland is actively engaged on the ground in ensuring that international aid organizations have access, without restriction, to these persons, that these persons have adequate support through the supply of food, medication and emergency shelter, and that they can return as quickly as possible to their region of origin, in safety and dignity.
In 2010, in response to a question by a member of the National Council on Sri Lanka, Switzerland’s Federal Council wrote:
[T]he Federal Council considers that the priority today is to resolve the humanitarian problems of the victims of the conflict. The Federal Council appreciates the effort made to ensure the return of internally displaced persons, whose numbers were approaching 300,000 a year ago. However, it remains concerned by the situation of some 45,000 persons (UN figure as of mid-July 2010) still finding themselves in camps and continues to intervene with the Sri Lankan Government so that these people can return to their homes as quickly as possible, and that their return takes place in a safe and voluntary manner.
In 2009, in its Report on Foreign Policy, Switzerland’s Federal Council stated:
Programmes on the civilian promotion of peace will in the future also seek to focus on topics necessary for ensuring the sustainability of peace processes and considered a priority for Switzerland, such as … dealing with the past.
In the context of processes for dealing with the past, Switzerland, for example, supports countries concerned in the realization of their obligations concerning … the return of displaced persons[.]