The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs), Chaloka Beyani, urged the Government of Serbia and the authorities in Kosovo to cooperate and discharge their primary responsibility for implementing long-lasting solutions for IDPs in Serbia and Kosovo.
"The time is now conducive to implement durable solutions, after 15 years of protracted displacement", Mr. Beyani said at the end of an official visit to the country. "Both the Government of Serbia and the authorities in Kosovo should show political leadership to work towards the implementation of durable solutions for internally displaced persons".
The international human rights expert stressed that both the Government of Serbia and the authorities in Kosovo, together with the international community, should redouble their efforts to solve the problems of IDPs in the context of the European Union accession framework, which lays out the plans for negotiations for EU membership. […]
United Nations Special Rapporteur Chaloka Beyani will visit Serbia -including Kosovo- from 09 to 12 October 2013 to examine the overall situation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country. According to the UN, the territory currently hosts some 210,000 IDPs, making it one of the most critical situations of internal displacement in Europe.
"During my four-day visit, I will gather first-hand information from displaced persons and affected communities", said Mr. Beyani’s who will go to Belgrade, Pristina and other locations with IDPs to follow up on the previous visit by the mandate in 2009.
"I will also look at the challenges and opportunities for durable solutions for IDPs, while I discuss the progress made by the various stakeholders on the implementation of the recommendations contained in the previous report of this mandate", the rights expert added.
The Special Rapporteur will meet with representatives from the Government, civil society and the UN, among others. He will also visit various sites of displacement and meet with displaced persons and local authorities. […]
The UN refugee agency on Thursday called for strengthening the protection of refugees, the stateless and internally displaced people (IDPs) to ensure they enjoy their full human rights.
While terming the agenda challenging, Volker Türk, UNHCR's Director of International Protection proposed specific goals in a major speech in Geneva to UNHCR's Executive Committee, which meets annually to set policy for the refugee agency. Protection is the core responsibility of the organization.
"First and foremost", Türk said, "it means that refugees, the stateless, IDPs and other persons of concern are able to enjoy the widest possible array of human rights and fundamental freedoms without discrimination. This focus must permeate all our interactions with persons of concern". […]
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, Chaloka Beyani, called today for an integrated approach to address the situation of all internally displaced persons including those displaced in the early 1990’s and in 2008, and ‘eco-migrants’ displaced by natural or human-induced disasters, at the end of his five day follow-up visit to Georgia.
Mr. Beyani expressed his sincere gratitude to the Government of Georgia for inviting him for a follow-up visit from 10 to 14 June 2013, and for its continuing full cooperation with his mandate. Mr. Beyani commended the ongoing commitment by the Government to improve the living conditions of internally displaced persons (IDPs) who were displaced in the 1990’s and providing durable housing to those that were displaced as a result of the 2008 conflict. However, he stressed that there is an urgent need to continue to improve the living conditions and livelihoods of internally displaced persons in some of the collective centers, for example those whom he visited at Kartli.
“New opportunities now exist for taking an inclusive integrated approach for all waves of IDPs, in the country in accordance with international standards contained in the 1998 Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement. These include: the proposed revised legislation on IDPs; the realignment of the 2007 strategy on IDPs with the proposed law; the onset of a new registration exercise for all IDPs that should as well profile their vulnerability and needs, and inclusive policies being formulated by the Government in the fields of health, land, agriculture, education, and employment generating activities. I am assured by the commitment of the Government to ensuring that these new policies will target IDPs in improving livelihoods and combating vulnerability in the country, including that of IDPs with disabilities”.[…]
The Human Rights Council this morning adopted 16 resolutions in which it extended the mandates of the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice, of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, and of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus.
Other texts dealt with the role of freedom of opinion and expression in women’s empowerment; the enhancement of international cooperation in the field of human rights; the right to education; trafficking in persons, especially women and children; independence and impartiality of the judiciary; enjoyment of cultural rights of everyone and respect for cultural diversity; foreign debt and human rights; human rights and international solidarity; access to medicines; the right to peace; and national human rights institutions. […]
The Council also decided to extend the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons for a period of three years to address the complex problem of internal displacement and to work towards strengthening the international response to the complex problem of situations of internal displacement and to engage in coordinated international advocacy and action, and invited the Special Rapporteur to continue to submit annual reports on the implementation of his or her mandate to the Human Rights Council and the General Assembly. […]