To raise awareness of the global phenomenon of internal displacement, eight international organisations are combining their voices in a global campaign to highlight the situation of internally displaced people (IDPs) worldwide. The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Christian Aid, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and Translators without Borders launched www.gp20.org on 17 April 2018, which marks 20 years since the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement were published in 1998. The GP20 campaign was developed with FHI360 and features articles, videos, photos and data on internal displacement throughout this anniversary year.
In mid-2015, the global protection cluster (GPC) task team on law and policy, co-chaired by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), started to collect information on national frameworks relevant to the phenomenon worldwide. The information gathered so far reveals that countries respond to internal displacement in a variety of ways. Some develop legislation or implement policies that respond to existing and specific situations. Others adopt comprehensive laws and policies that address all aspects. A considerable number of countries are also using the Guiding Principles or the African Union Convention on the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa, commonly known as the Kampala Convention, as points of reference in drafting national laws and policies.
This project was created in 1994 to support the mandate of the then Representative of the Secretary-General on internally displaced persons (Francis M. Deng, 1992-2004). In 2010, the new Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, Dr. Chaloka Beyani, became the co-director of the Project.
Established by the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights which came into force on 21 October 1986 after its adoption in Nairobi (Kenya) in 1981 by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Organization of African Unity (OAU.), the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights is charged with ensuring the promotion and protection of Human and Peoples' Rights throughout the African Continent. The Commission has its headquarters in Banjul, Gambia.
The IACHR is one of two bodies in the inter-American system for the promotion and protection of human rights. The Commission has its headquarters in Washington, D.C. The other human rights body is the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which is located in San José, Costa Rica.
UNHCR was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country.
Founded in 1949, the Council of Europe seeks to develop throughout Europe common and democratic principles based on the European Convention on Human Rights and other reference texts on the protection of individuals.
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