Internally Displaced Persons: A Vulnerable Group in Need of Protection
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Cristina Churruca Muguruza and Patricia García Amado
The chapter highlights the situation of IDPs as a vulnerable group and the
limits of humanitarian action in preventing and resolving displacement. Given the
increasing number of IDPs in the world and the protracted nature of displacement there
is a need to address the gaps that continue to limit their protection. In this context the
search for durable solutions to internal displacement is understood as a complex
process addressing human rights, humanitarian, development, reconstruction, and
peacebuilding challenges. In this context, when the state is unable or unwilling to fulfill
its responsibility to protect, the role of the international community is critical.
Moreover, durable solutions require a human security approach that builds on the
efforts and capabilities of IDPs. In order to put an end to internal displacement, it is
necessary for professionals and academics to better understand the precise impact of
the idea of sovereignty as responsibility and the rights-based protection approach on
current international politics.
Durable solutions, Internally displaced persons, Peacebuilding,
Protection, Vulnerable group.
Pedro Arrupe Human Rights Institute, University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain.