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Internal Displacement: Responsibility and Action

Inter-Parliamentary Union & The UN Refugee Agency

More people than ever before are now displaced within their country. Experience has shown that existing laws, which are generally not designed for situations of humanitarian crisis, are often unable to adequately meet the challenges caused by internal displacement. This handbook aims to assist parliamentarians in developing national laws on internal displacement. Given the extremely vulnerable situation of internally displaced persons (IDPs), it is up to the State (and by extension, the legislature) to enact a legislative framework that guarantees their rights.