Laws protecting internally displaced persons (IDPs)


Women in IDP camp in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

Photo: UN Women/Carlos Ngeleka

Key actors

Provides data and analysis on internal displacement, aiming to influence law and policy decisions

Mandated by the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Special Rapporteur examines, monitors, advises, and publicly reports on the rights of IDPs worldwide

UNHCR exists to protect and assist everyone who has been affected by forced displacement, including IDPs

As the leading international organization for migration management, IOM plays an important role in humanitarian response involving IDPs

Learning resources

Introductory briefing to the legal frameworks pertaining to internal displacement and to the role of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of IDPs

PHAP certifications

Certification badge for International Legal Frameworks for Humanitarian Action (ILFHA)

Knowledge about the laws protecting IDPs is covered by the International Legal Frameworks for Humanitarian Action (ILFHA) certification (competency statement 4.5).

Key references

Handbook providing operational guidance and tools to support effective protection responses in situations of internal displacement

Overview of the rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and their protection and assistance needs

Questions and answers about the definition, challenges, and rights of IDPs

A plan of action for four priority areas, including strengthening national law and policy on internal displacement

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