Internally Displaced Persons

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Internally displaced people (IDPs) have not crossed a border to find safety. Unlike refugees, they stay within their own country and remain under the protection of their government, even if that government is the reason for their displacement. They often move to areas where it is difficult to even deliver humanitarian assistance, and are among the most vulnerable in the world. 

The "Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement", although not legally binding, are the main instrument specifically dealing with internally displaced persons (IDPs). They restate and compile human rights and humanitarian law relevant to internally displaced persons. Below is an overview of international human rights and humanitarian law standards that are applicable to IDPs. 

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