Addressing Internal Displacement through National Laws and Policies: A Plea for a Promising Means of Protection / Addressing Internal Displacement through National Laws and Policies: A Plea for a Promising Means of Protection

Date: 10 November 2018

Author/s: Nina Schrepfer; ;

Abstract (Original Language):

Unlike in the case of refugees, there is neither an international convention nor a dedicated UN agency in place to protect internally displaced persons. This discrepancy has, however, not stopped the law on internal displacement from emerging, filling the normative void around internal displacement. The UN Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement of 1998, a soft law instrument on the protection of the rights of internally displaced persons, is a success story, having faced disapproval in the past but now being an internationally recognized standard. Most importantly, the principles have become the point of reference for states developing national laws and policies addressing internal displacement. These national developments across the globe are an expression of the recognized and assumed responsibility of national authorities for the displaced and, although such instruments show shortcomings and weaknesses, their greater good for the better protection of internally displaced persons is undeniable. While national instruments on the protection of internally displaced persons are a still emerging tool of protection, they are also the future of the UN Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement.

Country of Interest: Colombia, , , , ,

Type: Articles

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