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Handbook for the Protection of Internally Displaced Persons Photo front cover: UNHCR / H.Caux 2007, Displaced Chadian women collect small fish in a pool in the waddi near Dogdore. Photo back cover: Roald Høvring/NRC, Women briging wood back to an IDP camp in Darfur.

Global Protection Cluster Working Group March 2010

Foreword This Handbook for the Protection of Internally Displaced Persons represents one of the principal tools of the Global Protection Cluster, and is based on extensive contributions from a wide range of protection actors from all sides of the spectrum. The provisional release of this Handbook in 2008 was warmly received by humanitarian, human rights and development actors in a large number of countries facing the challenge of internal displacement. Donor countries have also commended this effort to produce a practical tool that reflects the current guidance, standards and thinking in the area of IDP protection. The effectiveness of any tool is, of course, judged by the frequency of its use by practitioners in the field. We hope that the current version of the Handbook fulfils its purpose as a major source of guidance for the protection of the internally displaced and that it serves to enhance their protection, irrespective of their location or the causes of their displacement. Following an initial roll out and field testing exercise, the Handbook now benefits from the experience and input of some 107 organizations and entities in 18 countries. It is a living document and will continue to be updated in order to reflect the continuous evolution of policy and thinking in this domain. The Handbook will be published in four languages initially. It will be constantly updated in its online version posted on the OneResponse website. Agencies and other interested actors in country operations and headquarters are, therefore, encouraged to continue sharing their suggestions and inputs with [email protected] Ruven Menikdiwela Global Protection Cluster Coordinator Deputy Director, Division of International Protection, UNHCR


Handbook for the Protection of Internally Displaced Persons

List of Abbreviations International and Regional Legal Instruments International Human Rights Law CAT

Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (1984)


International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances (2007)


Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (1979)


International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (1990)


Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006)


Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (1948)


Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989)


Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons (1954)


Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness (1961)


International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966)


International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (1965)


International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966)

Trafficking in Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Persons Protocol Especially Women and Children, Supplementing the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime (2000) UDHR

Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)

International Criminal Law ICC Statute/ Rome Statute

Statute of the International Criminal Court (1998)

ICTR Statute

Statute of the International Tribunal for Rwanda (1994)

ICTY Statu