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Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons

The following items are resources produced or selected by the Special Rapporteur on the topic of internal displacement.

GP20 Compilation of National Practices to Prevent, Address and Find Durable Solutions to Internal Displacement

This publication is the culmination of a three-year multi-stakeholder initiative to mark the 20th anniversary of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement (GP20 Initiative). It is a compilation of practices to prevent, address and resolve internal displacement and showcases some of the examples exchanged over the period 2018-2020 by governments, UN agencies, NGOs, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the World Bank and other key experts on internal displacement.

International Recommendations on Internally Displaced Persons Statistics (IRIS) (March 2020)

Adopted by the Expert Group on Refugee and Internally Displaced Persons Statistics (EGRIS)

National Instruments on Internal Displacement: A Guide to their Development (August 2013)

This guide builds on the expertise of various policymakers and is the culmination of a multi-year research project and consultation process. It complements Protecting Internally Displaced Persons: A Manual for Law and Policymakers - published by the Brookings Institution in October 2008.

IASC Operational Guidelines on the Protection of Persons in Situations of Natural Disaster (January 2011)

The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) adopted Operational Guidelines on Human Rights and Natural Disasters in 2006 to promote and facilitate a rights-based approach to disaster relief. This revised version of the guidelines expands the rights-based approach to include preparedness measures.

IASC Framework on Durable Solutions for Internally Displaced Persons (April 2010)

Published by the Brookings Institution – University of Bern Project on Internal Displacement and endorsed by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC)

Protecting Internally Displaced Persons: A Manual for Law and Policymakers (October 2008)

This manual, published by the Brookings Institution – University of Bern: Project on Internal Displacement, represents the culmination of a three-year process of research and consultation initiated by the former Representative of the Secretary General on the human rights of internally displaced persons. It provides guidance to national authorities on the content of domestic legislation and policies on internal displacement - by focusing on the process of developing such instruments.

Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement: Annotations by Walter Kälin (2008)

Published by the American Society of International Law and the Brookings Institution

External links*

Action Agenda on Internal Displacement

Office of the Special Adviser on Solutions to Internal Displacement | United Nations

The UN Secretary General's High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement

The GP20 Plan of Action for Advancing Prevention, Protection and Solutions for Internally Displaced People

Global Protection Cluster – Law and Policy on Internal Displacement

Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

International Organization for Migration (IOM)

African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR)

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)

The Council of Europe

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