Internal Displacement: Global Overview of Trends and Developments in 2009 - Peru

Quick facts
Number of IDPs150,000
Percentage of total population0.5%
Start of current displacement situation1980
Peak number of IDPs (Year)Undetermined
New displacement0
Causes of displacementInternal armed conflict, human rights violations
Human development index78

Armed conflict between government forces and the revolutionary Shining Path and the Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement from 1980 to 2000 caused the displacement of up to one million people at the height of the conflict in the 1990s. In 2007, the Ministry of Women and Social Development (MI-MDES) estimated that 150,000 IDPs had not yet returned or resettled, and were still in urban centres including Ayacucho, Lima, Junín, Ica and Huánuco.

A law on internal displacement passed in 2004 represented a positive step towards the protection of IDPs' rights. It incorporated the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement into local legislation, and created an focal point within MIMDES to coordinate the response to internal displacement. The IDP division of MIMDES has since improved the lot of some displaced people by starting to register them for eventual reparations, and implementing some livelihoods programmes.

During 2009, however, there was no progress in registering and accrediting IDPs according to the 2004 statute; the number of people registered remained at only 5,000, none of whom had received reparation by the end of the year. Lack of coordination between the IDP-specific registry and the general registry of conflict victims, and the focus on reparations for collective groups, have effectively excluded individual IDPs. Finally, reparations both for IDPs and victims of other human rights abuses have generally been framed as development or anti-poverty measures rather than fundamental rights supported by international law.

Nine years after the end of the conflict, there is no data evaluating the situation of IDPs group either independently or in comparison with non-IDPs. However, there are indications that they continue to struggle to access livelihood opportunities, education and health care.

Continuing support is needed for reparations and also for wider livelihoods interventions and development of basic services in the places to which people were displaced. Further returns and resettlements are not expected.


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