Support for Safe, Dignified, and Voluntary IDP Returns

The U.S. Embassy reiterates the U.S. Government’s support for the safe, dignified, and voluntary return of people displaced by the military operations to defeat ISIS. The Embassy views with great concern reports of individuals being forced to leave displacement camps and centers in Anbar Province and in other areas, including parts of Salah ad Din. We strongly support the Government of Iraq’s initiatives to help people return to their homes, but believe that for those initiatives to be fully successful, they must have the full and informed consent of the individuals and families involved. To force people to return before they are ready and feel safe to do so risks their safety and well-being, and could result in their renewed displacement. Provincial and federal authorities should ensure all returns are safe and voluntary.