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Statement by Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Practical steps to better promote durable solutions for IDPs and the communities that host them: lessons learned on what works and what does not
11 June 2020
Greetings. The pandemic has changed many of our working methods and communications, but it is good to see that it has not dimmed our shared commitment to upholding the equality and rights of people around the world.
To provide real and durable solutions for people who have been forced to flee their lands and homes, we need first to understand them as human beings, with dignity and rights.
They remain nationals of their countries, and they are entitled to full respect of their rights, which their Governments are legally obligated to fulfill.
Notably, the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement provide for their right to pursue a durable solution of their choice – whether through return, local integration, or settlement elsewhere.
Internally displaced people have a right to equality and non-discrimination. In addition, they have a right to full and informed participation in all decisions affecting them. This may include their right to participate in transitional justice mechanisms; in processes to restore their land and property; and in peacebuilding. I am encouraged by the recent acceptance of important human rights recommendations regarding IDPs' access to education; review of land laws; and ratification of the Kampala Convention, by many countries with large IDP populations reviewed in the Human Rights Council. They include
Afghanistan, Colombia, the DRC, Iraq, Nigeria and
Durable and effective solutions to internal displacement must rest on the solid ground of justice, dignity and rights.
This Panel can greatly assist in recognizing the global need for greater attention to the dignity and rights of all those internally displaced. I look forward to our discussion.
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