Internally displaced persons and international humanitarian law – Factsheet

31 March 2010

Factsheet on internally displaced persons and international humanitarian law. In particular, the following questions/topics are addressed: who are internally displaced persons? Is there an international instrument to protect IDPs? How does IHL protects IDPs? Prohibition of displacement and the right to voluntary return; non-discrimination; protection as part of the civilian population; the right to life, to dignity and to freedom; life standards and humanitarian assistance; family life; documentation; property and possessions; employment and social protection; education; prohibition of forcible recruitment of children.

Internally displaced persons and international humanitarian law – Factsheet