International agency Oxfam this week called on the Philippine government to respect the rights of thousands of families displaced by Super Tyhoon Haiyan last year in recovery and rehabilitation efforts.
“A year after [Haiyan], the government must ensure that resettlement processes follow a more principled approach that reflects the rights and priorities of displaced people,” said Alison Kent, Oxfam’s humanitarian policy advisor.
Alison said “meaningful consultations” with those directly affected by resettlement are necessary, “otherwise, resettlement plans risk reinforcing the vulnerability of targeted communities.”
The Oxfam official made the statement during a roundtable discussion attended by national and international aid groups, community leaders from Haiyan-affected areas, and key government officials.
She noted that almost a year after Haiyan devastated the central Philippines, most of the…
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