Internal displacement: 20 years of action


In 2017, there were 30.6 million new internal displacements associated with conflict, violence and disasters. Internal displacement uproots people within their own countries, often at a moment’s notice, depriving them of their homes, jobs and basic services. LEARN MORE | Français | عربى

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April 11, 2019

Four Key Insights From The Latest GP20 Steering Committee Meeting On IDP Data

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This article originally appeared on the JIPS website. Reposted with permission.

The latest Steering Committee meeting of the group working to implement the Plan of Action marking 20 years of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement (GP20) gave the floor to Nigeria, Ethiopia, Honduras and Ukraine. They showcased their diverse approaches to collecting, analysing and using data on internal displacement for emergency response, law and policy development, and implementation of national housing restitution programmes respectively. Check out the detailed write-up for more on the country presentations.

Building on these country experiences, including data challenges they are currently facing, and the subsequent discussion between participants, in this article we would like to reflect on some of our cross-cutting, […]

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March 28, 2019

Summary Report: Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons

Summary of the panel discussion on the human rights of internally displaced persons in commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement

The present report, submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council decision 35/101, provides a summary of the panel discussion on the human rights of internally displaced persons in commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement. The discussion was held on 26 June 2018, at the Council’s thirty-eighth regular session. The report contains a summary of the conclusions drawn from the panel discussion in relation to using the momentum generated by the twentieth anniversary of the development of the Guiding Principles to further the promotion and protection of the human rights of internally displaced persons.

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March 18, 2019

Displaced in South Sudan: A journey of 1,000 kilometers

Women carrying water past field

Conflict, hunger and disease forced nearly 700,000 people to flee South Sudan to become refugees in neighbouring countries in 2017. More than 70 percent of those fled in the first half of 2017, when multiple military offensives occurred in Upper Nile, Unity, Jonglei, and the Greater Equatoria region.

Since 2013, over 4.2 million people – about one in three South Sudanese – have been displaced within the country. More than 2.2 million people are now refugees in countries across the region, including Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

What happens when people are forced to abandon their land, homes, jobs and schools due to a civil war? Follow one family’s journey of 1,000 kilometers (over 600 miles) as they travel the […]

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March 11, 2019

Almost 100 civilian casualties each week in Yemen in 2018

Girl peering out from behind tent

This post originally appeared on UNHCR’s website. Reposted with permission.

Civilians continue to pay a high price in the conflict in Yemen, according to the latest data released today by the UNHCR, UN Refugee Agency, led Protection Cluster. On average, almost 100 civilian deaths or injuries were recorded each week in 2018.

According to the Civilian Impact Monitoring Report for 2018, more than 4,800 civilian deaths and injuries were reported over the course of the year resulting in an average of 93 civilian casualties per week.

These casualty figures are based on open source data. It is collected, analyzed and disseminated as part of the Civilian Impact Monitoring Project (CIMP) which publishes this information in support of humanitarian protection programs in Yemen. […]

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