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Guiding principles on internal displacement

United Nations


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Introduction: Scope and purpose

  1. These Guiding Principles address the specific needs of internally displaced persons worldwide. They identify rights and guarantees relevant to the protection of persons from forced displacement and to their protection and assistance during displacement as well as during return or resettlement and reintegration.


  2. For the purposes of these Principles, internally displaced persons are persons or groups of persons who have been forced or obliged to flee or to leave their homes or places of habitual residence, in particular as a result of or in order to avoid the effects of armed conflict, situations of generalized violence, violations of human rights or natural or human-made disasters, and who have not crossed an internationally recognized state border.


  3. These Principles reflect and are consistent with international human rights law and international humanitarian law. They provide guidance to:

    1. The Representative of the Secretary-General on internally displaced persons in carrying out his mandate;
    2. States when faced with the phenomenon of internal displacement;
    3. All other authorities, groups and persons in their relations with internally displaced persons; and
    4. Intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations when addressing internal displacement.


  4. These Guiding Principles should be disseminated and applied as widely as possible.




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