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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October 9, 2018

Securing IDP participation to shape durable solutions

Photo from an event at HRC

This article originally appeared on JIPS. Reposted with permission.

September 2018 – At JIPS, we strongly believe that communities should be included in key stages of a profiling data cycle to ensure that the process reflects their realities and priorities. The centrality of IDP participation, outlined in the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, has recently been re-affirmed during a panel discussion on the human rights of IDPs at the 38th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC), held in Geneva in June 2018.

In order to help strengthen the link between community engagement and profiling, we took part in a recent HRC side event focused on the connection between participation of IDPs and securing solutions to their displacement. Co-hosted by Austria, […]

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September 21, 2018

Through the Lens of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement

A woman wades through the flood with some of her belongings.

The year 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement. Developed to enhance the protection and assistance of people forcibly displaced within their countries, the Guiding Principles are an authoritative statement of the rights of internally displaced persons and obligations of governments and other authorities towards this group. This exhibition brings the Guiding Principles to life through photos and a virtual reality experience showing the range of causes and consequences of and response to this persistent global challenge.

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September 21, 2018

Open letter from faith leaders to leaders of member governments of the United Nations

We, leaders of faith and religious organisations, groups and communities, including those supporting the Charter for Faith-Based Humanitarian Action, are compelled by our faiths to come together to speak out for those most marginalised. All faiths and religions actively encourage the recognition and support of those most in need and are uniquely placed to respond. Many of us live near, or are part of, populations affected by crisis, and enjoy special relationships of trust with as well as insights into and access to our communities beyond those of non-faith actors. We are present before crises occur and are key providers of assistance and protection both during them and afterwards.

We can no longer stand by as the number of people forced from their homes but […]

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September 12, 2018

UNHCR provides life-saving assistance to internally displaced Ethiopians

A group of people rest at the Yirga Chefe site for internally displaced people in Ethiopia.

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. This article was originally posted on UNHCR. Reposted with permission.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is ramping up its response to the urgent needs of nearly one million people displaced by recent violence in south-western Ethiopia.

Since April of this year, inter-communal clashes flared up in the border area of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region and the Oromia Region. The recent violence came on the heels of more than a year-long crippling drought and tensions over resources. Those who fled described witnessing extreme violence during village raids, […]

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