May 1, 2018
Written by Fraser Murray, Refugee Policy and Advocacy Adviser, Christian Aid
There are more than 65 million people displaced globally due to conflict and violence. The majority are people who have become displaced within their own country. Technically they are not refugees as they have not crossed any borders, therefore they are classified as internally displaced persons (IDPs). International focus on the plight of IDPs is substantially less than on refugees and migrants. Christian Aid is campaigning to increase awareness of the plight of IDPs and advocate for their protection. As for all people, IDPs should be able to live in dignity, with happy and fulfilling lives. This starts with respect of their legal rights and protection under international humanitarian law, as reflected in the UN Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement.
This briefing presents ways that laws to protect IDPs can be respected, and notes that the responsibility of the state is at the heart of the solution.