Myanmar mulls closing IDP camps

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Naypyidaw, June 4 (IANS) The Myanmar government is considering the closure of the remaining internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in the country under a strategic plan, authorities said on Monday.

There has been more than 140 IDP camps in Myanmar, with a total population of more than 160,000 located across four states, reports Xinhua news agency.

Three IDP camps in Rakhine state, set up in 2012, have been closed and three others will be shut down soon.

The camps in three other states will be closed as efforts are being made to ensure the IDP’s access to education and healthcare, free movement under law and and their participation in the nation’s economic development.

The Myanmar government has worked to close the IDP camps since May 2016, with a Central Committee for Implementation of Peace, Stability and Development supervising the process.

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–IANS

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