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Lack of political settlement prevents the displaced from fully enjoying their property rights

More than 30 years after having been displaced, more than 200,000 Greek and Turkish Cypriots still have unresolved issues related to their displacement. While they no longer have humanitarian needs and have largely integrated in the places they have settled, the displaced are still unable to take back possession of the property they left behind, or re-turn to their homes.

18 December 2007 | Overview

Former IDPs share the common challenge of recovery and reconstruction

Only 15% of people who returned moved through an organised process, while 70% returned spontaneously, without any aid from local authorities or humanitarian organisations

12 December 2007 | Overview

IDMC

Final status for Kosovo - Towards durable solutions for IDPs or new displacement risk?

After eight years of international administration over Kosovo, the situation of the estimated 227,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) in Serbia and Kosovo is hanging on the resolution of Kosovo’s status. The failure of the United Nations Security Council to adopt the Ahtisaari proposal on the final status of Kosovo has prolonged uncertainty.

10 December 2007 | Overview

IDMC

Worsening humanitarian crisis as internal displacement escalates in the east

Following major new displacement in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a total of at least 1.4 million people remained internally displaced in the DRC as of No-vember 2007. Fighting between Congolese armed forces and dissident troops and militias, as well as widespread human rights violations committed by all groups, caused the dis-placement of at least 500,000 people in eastern DRC in 2007, particularly in North Kivu province.

29 November 2007 | Overview

IDMC

Syria: Forty years on, people displaced from the Golan remain in waiting

The situation of tens of thousands of Syrian Arabs displaced from the Golan Heights forty years ago is still far from resolved. They fled their homes in disputed circumstances during the Six Day War in 1967, when Israel seized the Golan, a strategic strip of land overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Sea of Galilee.

31 October 2007 | Overview

IDMC

Institutional mechanisms fail to address recurrent violence and displacement

Outbreaks of violence leading to significant situations of internal displacement are frequent in Nigeria, with at least 14,000 people killed and hundreds of thousands displaced since military rule ended in 1999. Complex displacement patterns and the marked lack of detailed and consistent data on the scope of the problem consistently aggravate the already poorly coordinated humanitarian response.

29 October 2007 | Overview

IDMC

Outlook for IDPs remains bleak

In southern Sudan, around 140,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) returned to their homes in the first six months of 2007, adding to more than one million IDPs estimated to have returned since the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) be-tween the central government and the southern-based Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army.

12 October 2007 | Overview

IDMC

New IDP strategy awaits implementation

Tens of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) from Georgia’s secessionist territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia have been waiting more than a decade for a solution to their displacement following conflicts which broke out in the early 1990s. The majority of the 220,000 to 247,000 IDPs have found refuge in the region border-ing Abkhazia and in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi.

11 October 2007 | Overview

IDMC

Timor-Leste: Unfulfilled protection and assistance needs hamper the return of the displace

More than a year after riots and fighting rocked Timor-Leste and sent over 150,000 people to seek refuge, the majority of the internally displaced people (IDPs) are still unable or unwilling to return, and remain in camps in and around the capital, Dili, or hosted by friends and families in Dili and in the districts.

07 September 2007 | Overview

IDMC

Multiple patterns of internal displacement affect several ethnic and religious groups

Internal displacement in Israel has been caused by conflict between Israel and its neighbours, as well as by Israeli policies towards its citizens. Several waves of dis-placement have occurred since the creation of the state of Israel in 1948, affecting Arab, Bedouin and Jewish citizens.

30 August 2007 | Overview

IDMC

New evictions likely as humanitarian crisis worsens

In May 2005, the Zimbabwean government initiated an extraordinary campaign of forced evictions and demolitions resulting in the internal displacement of an estimated 570,000 people, many of whom remain in transit camps and have limited access to assistance.

20 August 2007 | Overview

IDMC

Russia: Government efforts help only some IDPs rebuild their lives

Despite the efforts of the Russian government and the international community, more than 150,000 people remain displaced in Russia more than a decade after the beginning of armed conflict. Hundreds of thousands of people fled their homes as a result of an inter ethnic conflict in North Ossetia in 1992 and separatist conflicts in Chechnya which started in 1994 and again in 1999.

13 August 2007 | Overview

Focus for IDP returnees moves from conflict to development

Despite the fact that the humanitarian crisis is over, the humanitarian needs of many people in Liberia remain considerable

27 July 2007 | Overview

IDMC

Progress on national IDP policy paves way for further reforms

Turkey’s internally displaced people (IDPs) face uncertain prospects as a recent upsurge in violence in the south-eastern provinces threatens to undermine the positive impact of major human rights reforms which have been adopted since Turkey became a candidate for EU membership in 1999.

26 July 2007 | Overview

IDMC

Compensation pending for victims of forced displacement

The Government has registered the first 3,000 of the estimated 150,000 remaining IDPs in Peru, as part of a process to compensate all victims of the internal armed conflict which ended in 2000.

08 June 2007 | Overview

IDMC

Côte d’Ivoire: Progress in the peace process allows cautious optimism for IDPs

Côte d’Ivoire’s 700,000 or more internally displaced persons (IDPs) are witnessing a new opportunity for cautious optimism, after the Government and rebel Forces Nouvelles leaders directly negotiated and signed the Ouagadougou Peace Accord on 4 March 2007.

07 June 2007 | Overview

IDMC

Large numbers of IDPs are unassisted and in need of protection

Civilians have fled fighting and have sometimes been directly targeted by militant groups in Kashmir, the North-East and in several states of eastern and central India. Insurgency and retaliatory operations by security forces are the major immediate cause of conflict-related displacement in India.

03 May 2007 | Overview

IDMC

Returns outnumber new displacements in the east

Despite successful elections held in the second half of 2006 and an overall increase in the level of stability, over a million people remained displaced in the east of the the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as of March 2007. Operations by Congolese armed forces to disarm militias, as well as human rights violations committed by both these forces and the militias, continued to cause frequent displacement in eastern provinces.

27 April 2007 | Overview

IDMC

Massive new displacements as power struggle in Mogadishu flares up again

Since the rout of the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) by Somalia's transitional government and its Ethiopian allies during the last days of 2006, southern Somalia and the capital Mogadishu have slipped gradually back towards the violence and anarchy of recent years.

24 April 2007 | Overview

IDMC

IDPs and returnees face lack of support

Four years after a peace agreement brought an end to more than a decade of conflict in the Republic of Congo's Pool region in the south of the country, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), returnees and residents still face considerable humanitarian challenges.

18 April 2007 | Overview

IDMC

A displacement crisis

More than 727,000 people are estimated to have been internally displaced due to sectarian and generalised violence in Iraq between February 2006 and March 2007.

30 March 2007 | Overview

IDMC

A worsening crisis of internal displacement

The situation of internal displacement in Burma continues to worsen despite increased pressure on the military government to end its blatant human rights abuses and to allow humanitarian access to conflict-affected populations.

28 March 2007 | Overview

IDMC

Uncertain peace process impedes return in north while protection crisis looms in Karamoja region

An estimated 1.7 million people remain internally displaced in northern Uganda as a result of the conflict between the government and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The conflict in the north has been exacerbated by incursions of Karamojong warriors and an ongoing government disarmament process which has resulted in new displacement in northeast Uganda.

28 March 2007 | Overview

IDMC

More attention needed on protection of IDPs

An estimated 100,000 people were displaced from their homes in the Philippines during 2006 as a result of armed conflict and human right abuses.

14 March 2007 | Overview

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