IDP News Alert, 11 July 2012
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Libya: Amid the elections, on-going hostilities continue to displace thousands
While official results have yet to be announced, Libya’s first national elections on 7th July, in the post-Qadhafi era represented a positive step in the delicate transition towards democracy. Yet in the days leading up to the elections, violence in communities where tensions still exist have resulted in several casualties with thousands more becoming displaced.
North-east India: 6 million internally displaced by monsoon floods and landslides
Since the onset of heavy monsoon rains in late June, an estimated 6 million people have been internally displaced by floods and landslides caused by flash floods in north-east India.
Russian Federation: Putin questions authorities after thousands displaced in flood wave
Thousands were forced to find refuge in trees and on roofs after a five-metre flood-wave swept through the southern Krasnodar region of Russia. The latest report from the Ministry of Emergency Situations stated that 29,000 were displaced from their homes and 171 were killed.
Historical resolution confirms joint commitment from UN States on IDPs
On July 5, the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva adopted by consensus a historical resolution on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). The substantive resolution is, for the first time, independent from the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on IDPs, representing a strengthened commitment from UN Member States to recognise their own role in promoting and protecting the human rights of IDPs.