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Historical resolution confirms joint commitment from UN States on IDPs

Publisher Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC)
Publication Date 11 July 2012
Cite as Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC), Historical resolution confirms joint commitment from UN States on IDPs, 11 July 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/5003cd572.html [accessed 23 August 2014]
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On July 5, the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva adopted by consensus a historical resolution on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). The substantive resolution is, for the first time, independent from the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on IDPs, representing a strengthened commitment from UN Member States to recognise their own role in promoting and protecting the human rights of IDPs.

The resolution highlights a number of important issues relating to conflict-induced displacement and natural disasters.

  • It reaffirms the particular human rights challenges of IDPs living outside camps and in urban settings and the States' responsibility to protect these IDPs.
  • The resolution condemns sexual- and gender based violence against internally displaced persons of all ages and calls upon States and the international community to collaborate to promote the protection of their rights, and effective prevention of violations against them.
  • The resolution also identifies the powerful role of internally displaced women as a necessary element of effective peace building and implementation of durable solutions.
  • On internally displaced children, concern is expressed regarding the lack of access to education both in the immediate aftermath of their displacement and years afterwards.
  • The resolution likewise discusses the importance of collecting more informed data on IDPs, disaggregated by age, gender, or ethnicity for example, in order to assess the specific needs of such groups, while protecting their human rights. In this regard, authorities are encouraged to use the services of the inter agency Joint Internally Displaced Person Profiling Service (JIPS).

IDMC appreciates the value of this resolution particularly with respect to its recognition of States as having the primary responsibility to protect the human rights of IDPs. IDMC is encouraged by the resolution's emphasis on continued support and cooperation of international organisations, its appreciation of the Special Rapporteur, and its recognition of the value of JIPS.

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