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Internal displacement/forced migration: standards and mechanisms -- texts and commentary

Websites/Multiple Documents

Title: Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement (English)
Language: English
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Web-page of the Representative of the Secretary-General on the human rights of internally displaced persons
Description/subject: UN Standards, mechanisms, mandate and report of the RSG, other documents.
Language: English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian
Source/publisher: United Nations
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Individual Documents

Title: "Global Trends Forced: Displacement in 2014"
Date of publication: 2014
Description/subject: "Global forced displacement has seen accelerated growth in 2014, once again reaching unprecedented levels. The year saw the highest displacement on record. By end-2014, 59.5 million individuals were forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, generalized violence, or human rights violations. This is 8.3 million persons more than the year before (51.2 million) and the highest annual increase in a single year."
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNHCR
Format/size: html, pdf
Date of entry/update: 11 July 2015


Title: Defining 'forced migration’ in Burma - discussion
Date of publication: 22 April 2008
Description/subject: Most Burmese people fleeing their homes do so for a combination of reasons. The root causes for leaving, however, determine which ‘category’ they belong to: ‘internally displaced persons’ (IDPs) or ‘economic migrants’. There is some discussion as to whether people leaving their homes due to exhaustion of livelihoods options are IDPs according to the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement1 – or not. Ashley South and Andrew Bosson present their views below...
Author/creator: Ashley South and Andrew Bosson
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: "Forced Migration Review" No. 30
Format/size: pdf (Burmese, 123K; English, 269K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.fmreview.org/FMRpdfs/FMR30Burmese/16.pdf
Date of entry/update: 30 November 2008


Title: The international community’s Responsibility to Protect
Date of publication: 22 April 2008
Description/subject: "In the face of continuing grave violations of human rights by the Burmese government against its own civilians, it is imperative that the international community start to respond to Burma in terms of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principle..."
Author/creator: Kavita Shukla
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: "Forced Migration Review" No. 30
Format/size: pdf (Burmese, 255K; English, 432K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.fmreview.org/FMRpdfs/FMR30Burmese/7-9.pdf
Date of entry/update: 30 November 2008


Title: Handbook for Applying the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement
Date of publication: 1999
Description/subject: "The Handbook for Applying the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement was reviewed by UN agencies and NGOs at a meeting at the UN in April 1999. It was decided that the UN would publish and disseminate it together with the Manual on Field Practice in Internal Displacement. The two volumes complement one another and together provide a sound basis for undertaking protection and assistance activities on behalf of internally displaced persons. It is my hope that this Handbook will be widely used by field staff working with internally displaced populations. It can raise awareness to the needs of the internally displaced, measure conditions on the ground, train staff in working with the displaced, and promote compliance by governments and nonstate actors with the provisions of the Guiding Principles. It also can help displaced communities better understand their rights and the responsibilities of governments and non-state actors toward them..." Francis M. Deng Representative of the Secretary-General on Internally Displaced Persons.
Language: English
Source/publisher: UN OCHA, The Brookings Institution Project on Internal Displacement
Format/size: pdf (532K)
Date of entry/update: 26 March 2007


Title: Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement (Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
Source/publisher: UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Format/size: pdf (344K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003