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25 Mar 2010 description

Walter Kälin, Representative of the UN Secretary General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons and Co-director , Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement

Addressing Internal Displacement in Peace Processes and Agreements Launch Event

Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen,

A police officer guards a gate where ethnic Tamils will vote at a polling station in Manik Farm camp for the internally displaced in Vavuniya.

Let me start with two short quotes:

"The exclusion of IDPs from peace processes is both unjust and unwise. ...

25 Mar 2010 description

By: Roberta Cohen


The concept of the responsibility to protect (R2P) developed in large measure from efforts to design an international system to protect internally displaced persons (IDPs).

The explosion of civil wars emanating from and following the Cold War brought into view millions of persons inside their own countries who were uprooted from their homes and in need of international protection and assistance. Many had little or no access to food, medicine or shelter and were vulnerable to assault, sexual violence, and all manner of human rights abuse.

12 Jan 2010 description


Insecurity in Somalia is also a serious issue. The lack of security has impeded humanitarian access, increased displacement of the population, and contributed to the rise in criminal activity. Consequently, many donors are decreasing their humanitarian assistance.

The current humanitarian situation in Somalia is deteriorating. Displacement has been on the rise in 2009 following new fighting in Mogadishu. Somalis have fled their homes and communities both because of the indirect dangers of conflict but also because they had become direct targets of violence.

23 Oct 2009 description

Meeting at the Special Summit of the African Union in Kampala, Uganda on 22-23 October 2009, African heads of state and government have undertaken significant commitments to solve one of the continent's (and the world's) most pressing humanitarian crises-the displacement of an estimated 11.6 million men, women, and children within the borders of their own countries.

05 Jun 2009 description

2008 marked the 10th anniversary of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement which was an occasion both to commemorate efforts over the past decade to uphold the human rights of IDPs and to remind ourselves that much remains to be done. There are still an estimated 26 million people who have been forced from their communities by conflict and many more who have been displaced by natural disasters and large-scale development projects.

06 May 2008 description

by Jacquie Kiggundu, Junior Professional Consultant and Research Assistant


23 Apr 2008 description

by Khalid Koser, Fellow

In the 1980s BBC docudrama 'The March', hundred of thousands of Africans marched northwards toward the Mediterranean to escape starvation, prompting widespread panic in Europe about an impending 'flood' of 'illegal migrants'. The current global food crisis is very unlikely to result in mass migration, and population movements that do occur will almost certainly take place within countries and not across borders, and for a short-period of time only.