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​​​​​​​​​​​​Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons

Cecilia JIMENEZ-DAMARY (Philippines), LL.M. in Public International Law (King’s College London, UK); MDC in International Organizations-MBA (University of Geneva, Switzerland); LL.B. (Ateneo de Manila, Philippines); B.Sc. in Foreign Service (University of the Philippines). Cecilia Jimenez-Damary is a human rights lawyer specialised in forced displacement and migration. Ms. Jimenez-Damary has over two decades of experience in NGO human rights advocacy for the Asia-Pacific region and also has teaching experience as an adjunct professor of international human rights and humanitarian law. Ms. Jimenez-Damary previously acted as Senior Legal Adviser and Trainer with the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Geneva; as the National Director of the IDP Project of the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines; and more recently as the government representative to the Philippine Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission. Ms. Jimenez-Damary was appointed Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons by the Human Rights Council in September 2016 and assumed the mandate on 1 November 2016.

Current Strategic and Thematic Priorities of the Special Rapporteur:

At the beginning of taking up her duties on 1 November 2016, the Special Rapporteur undertook a series of bilateral consultations with key stakeholders in order to shape the strategic priorities and main thematic priorities for the three years of work as mandate-holder. The Special Rapporteur emphasizes that 2018 marks the twentieth anniversary of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement which offers an important opportunity to raise awareness of this global standard and of the plight of internally displaced persons in all regions of the world. The Special Rapporteur will encourage national-level activities and commitments in States affected by internal displacement, including steps to incorporate the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement into national law and policy for the protection of the human rights of internally displaced persons.

In line with her strategic priorities and in addition to the core focus areas of the mandate, the Special Rapporteur will dedicate her thematic reports over the next three years to the following thematic issues:

A. Strengthening the participation of internally displaced persons in responses to internal displacement

B. Ensuring the inclusion of internally displaced persons in transitional justice mechanisms and peace processes as part of durable solutions

C. Improving the protection of internally displaced children

D. Enhancing the role of national human rights institutions and other relevant human rights actors in the protection of internally displaced persons

E. Addressing neglected drivers of displacement, including development projects and generalized violence

As 2018 is the 20th anniversary of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement (GP20), the Special Rapporteur also decided to prioritize joining forces with several partners working on internal displacement in the development of a multi-stakeholder Plan of Action for Advancing Prevention, Protection and Solutions for Internally Displaced Persons 2018-2020. The Plan of Action which was launched on 17 April 2018 centres around four priority issues identified at a 2017 IDP stakeholder meeting convened by the Special Rapporteur: participation of IDPs; national laws and policies addressing internal displacement; data and analysis on internal displacement; and addressing protracted displacement and facilitating durable solutions. Actions to achieve the goal of reducing and resolving internal displacement will be carried out at the national, regional and global levels and initiatives can be recorded/viewed here. A global GP20 campaign has also been set up to raise awareness of the global phenomenon of internal displacement and highlight the situation of internally displaced persons.

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Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Palais des Nations
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Fax: + 41 22 917 9006

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