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Prof. Walter Kälin

Mr. Walter Kälin
Professor of International Law
Institute of Public Law
Faculty of Law
University of Bern


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Human Rights
Internally Displaced Persons
Treatment of Internally Displaced Persons
in International Law
At the global level, no specific convention exists to protect the 27 million persons displaced by armed conflict within their own country and the many more internally displaced as a consequence of natural disasters. Their protection has to be based on international human rights and humanitarian law as restated by the 1998 United Nations Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement.

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Human Rights
Internally Displaced Persons
Treatment of Internally Displaced Persons in International Law
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A. Legal Instruments
Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, Geneva, 28 July 1951, United Nations,  Treaty Series , vol. 189, p. 137.

International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, New York, 16 December 1966, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 993, p. 3.

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, New York, 16 December 1966, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 999, p. 171.
B. Documents
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, “Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement” (E/CN.4/1998/53/Add.2, 11 February 1998).

Council of Europe, Recommendation Rec(2006)6 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on internally displaced persons, 5 April 2006.

International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, Protocol on the Protection and Assistance to Internally Displaced Persons, 30 November 2006.

General Assembly resolution 60/1 of 16 September 2005 (2005 World Summit Outcome).
C. Doctrine
W. Kälin, Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement: Annotations (available on the website of the American Society for International Law).

Protecting Internally Displaced Persons: A Manual for Law and Policymakers” (available on the website of the Brookings Institution).

"Forced Migration Review, Special Issue" (available on the website of Forced Migration Review).
D. Additional References
International Law Commission, “Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters”.