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Update On The Implementation Of The Recommendations
Made By The Un Secretary-General’s Representative On
Internally Displaced Persons Following His Visit To Turkey
 At the invitation of the government of Turkey, the Representative of the Secretary-General on Internally
 Displaced Persons (RSG), Francis Deng, undertook a mission to Turkey from 27 to 31 May 2002 “to gain
first-hand knowledge of the situation of internal displacement in the country and to hold a dialogue
with the government, [...]
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One in six Iraqis is displaced. After a conflict which has now lasted as long as the First World War over two million Iraqis are in exile and a further two million are internally displaced. Most refugees are in Syria and Jordan – which hosts the largest number of refugees per capita of any country on earth. The vast majority survive with little or no assistance from the international community. [...]
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The Representative of the Secretary-General on the human rights of internally displaced
persons, Walter Kälin, conducted an official mission to Colombia from 15 to 27 June 2006,
pursuant to an invitation by the Colombian Government and in conformity with his mandate as
recalled in resolution 2005/46 of the former Commission on Human Rights and extended in
Human Rights Council decision 1/102. His main objective was to engage in dialogue with the
Government with a view [...]
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This study was drafted by a regional network of human rights NGOs as part of a project to support the return of refugees/IDPs through legal aid. It was financially supported by the Government of the United States of America and implemented by the OSCE Mission to Serbia in co-operation with the OSCE Missions in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia.
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In countries of every region of the world, internally displaced persons are victims of violations of human rights. These span the whole range of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. At the same time, the internally displaced are also a group particularly vulnerable to violations of their rights, both during and after displacement. They face discrimination on account of their status as displaced persons, as well as exposure to discrimination [...]
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While refugee numbers continue to decrease around the world, the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) continues to steadily rise. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) estimates the number of IDPs in the Sudan at around 6 million, the largest IDP population in the world. According to the United Nations, “[i]nternally displaced persons [IDPs] are entitled to enjoy, in full equality, the same rights [...]
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This paper from UNHCR is a compilation of questions and answers regarding Internally Displaced Persons. For decades they were largely ignored and forgotten, but together they probably comprise the world’s largest group of vulnerable people.Currently, there are an estimated 23.7 million of them in at least 50 countries living amidst war and persecution. They have little legal or physical protection and a very uncertain future – outcasts in their own [...]
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The conflict in Colombia is ongoing and still directly affects many communities. In several areas of the country, the battle for the control of the land and its resources continues between the guerrillas and the paramilitaries. Innocent civilians are caught in the middle of the fighting, forced under heavy duress to pledge allegiance to a group and incur retaliation from the other, or to flee their homes and seek safety [...]
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“The State of the World’s Refugees: Human Displacement in the New Millennium,” (Oxford University Press) was launched in London by High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres and U.K. Secretary of State for International Development Hilary Benn. The book examines the changing dynamics of displacement over the past half decade. While the number of refugees – 9.2 million – is now the lowest in 25 years, it says the international system [...]
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In June 2002, the Peace Brigades International European Office organised a seminar in Brussels on the theme: “International Field Protection of Internally Displaced Persons : Needs and Challenges, Actors and Strategies”, which resulted in the drafting of a set of recommendations on how European states can enhance the protection of the human rights of internally displaced persons . In 2005, three years on, the need to address these topics continued [...]
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