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Palestinian Territories: West Bank Wall main cause of new displacement amid worsening humanitarian situation

Since 2005, internal displacement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories has largely been the result of house demolitions and land confiscation by the government of Israel in connection with the construction of the West Bank Wall.

21 June 2006 | Country Profile

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Eritrea: Uncertain future for thousands of returning IDPs

The vast majority of the 1.1 million people displaced by the 1998-2000 border war between Ethiopia and Eritrea have long gone home. But Ethiopia's refusal to accept the decision of an international arbitration commission has left some 40,000 Eritrean internally displaced people (IDPs) still unable to return. Discussions between the two countries and the Ethiopia-Eritrea Border Commission (EEBC) in May 2006 ended without result, apart from the UN Security Council’s decision to further reduce the border monitoring presence of the UN Mission to Eritrea and Ethiopia (UNMEE). Precise IDP figures are unavailable, but the total was expected to fall throughout 2006 from the 2005 total of 45,000. The Eritrean government gave a figure of 8,900 households as of March 2006.

13 June 2006 | Country Profile

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Uncertain future for thousands of returning IDPs

The vast majority of the 1.1 million people displaced by the 1998-2000 border war between Ethiopia and Eritrea have long gone home. But Ethiopia's refusal to accept the decision of an international arbitration commission has left some 40,000 Eritrean internally displaced people (IDPs) still unable to return.

13 June 2006 | Overview

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Côte d’Ivoire: Protection needs of IDPs remain acute, despite modest political progress

After almost four years of seemingly intractable political crisis that has kept Côte d’Ivoire split in half and some 700,000 IDPs in government-controlled areas, there may at last be room for a small glimmer of optimism about the prospects of peace.

09 June 2006 | Overview

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Guatemala: Ten years after peace accords, key provisions benefiting the displaced remain unimplemented

The signing of a peace accord in 1996 marked the end of the 36-year-old civil war in Guatemala but not the end of the structural injustices that triggered it. Key commitments, such as the resettlement of the displaced, redistribution of land and compensation for the uprooted people and other victims of the conflict have as of June 2006 only to a very limited degree been implemented.

09 June 2006 | Country Profile

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Ten years after peace accords, key provisions benefiting the displaced remain unimplemented

The signing of a peace accord in 1996 marked the end of the 36-year-old civil war in Guatemala but not the end of the structural injustices that triggered it. Key commitments, such as the resettlement of the displaced, redistribution of land and compensation for the uprooted people and other victims of the conflict have as of June 2006 only to a very limited degree been implemented.

06 June 2006 | Overview

“Overcoming a Legacy of Mistrust: Towards Reconciliation between the State and the Displaced”

Report produced in conjunction with the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) assesses the implementation of the recommendations made by the UN Secretary-General's Representative on IDPs following his visit to Turkey.

01 June 2006 | Publication

Colombia: government "peace process" cements injustice for IDPs

IDMC provides recommendations to Colombia's ongoing problem of forced displacement as a means to seize land from peasants and small farmers.

01 June 2006 | Publication

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Sectarian violence, military operations spark new displacement, as humanitarian access deteriorates

An estimated 81,000 people were forced to flee their homes in a matter of two months by sectarian violence sparked by an attack on the Al-Ashkari shrine in Samarra in February. These newly-displaced people are in addition to more than one million internally displaced people (IDPs) in Iraq, the majority forced out by conflict and human rights violations under the former regime.

23 May 2006 | Overview

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Iraq: Sectarian violence, military operations spark new displacement, as humanitarian access deteriorates

An estimated 81,000 people were forced to flee their homes in a matter of two months by sectarian violence sparked by an attack on the Al-Ashkari shrine in Samarra in February. These newly-displaced people are in addition to more than one million internally displaced people (IDPs) in Iraq, the majority forced out by conflict and human rights violations under the former regime.

23 May 2006 | Country Profile

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Worst army attacks in years displace thousands

Human rights abuses in ethnic minority areas are the single most important cause of conflict-induced internal displacement in Burma and the scale of atrocities committed by the Burmese army is unparalleled within Asia.

12 May 2006 | Overview

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Myanmar (Burma): Worst army attacks in years displace thousands

Human rights abuses in ethnic minority areas are the single most important cause of conflict-induced internal displacement in Burma and the scale of atrocities committed by the Burmese army is unparalleled within Asia.

10 May 2006 | Country Profile

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Government obstructs humanitarian access to displaced as new evictions loom

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. The campaign, known as Operation Murambatsivina, or Operation Restore Order, targeted informal settlements and business structures in urban areas throughout the country.

05 May 2006 | Overview

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Zimbabwe: Government obstructs humanitarian access to displaced as new evictions loom

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.

05 May 2006 | Country Profile

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Government recognition of conflict IDPs crucial to addressing their plight

Internal displacement due to conflict occurs in different parts of Ethiopia. It is caused mainly by ethnic tensions exacerbated by the government’s regionalisation policy along ethnic lines, tight political control from the centre, and widespread resource shortages in a chronically food-insecure country.

26 April 2006 | Overview

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Ethiopia: Government recognition of conflict IDPs crucial to addressing their plight

Internal displacement due to conflict occurs in different parts of Ethiopia. It is caused mainly by ethnic tensions exacerbated by the government’s regionalisation policy along ethnic lines, tight political control from the centre, and widespread resource shortages in a chronically food-insecure country.

26 April 2006 | Country Profile

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Reforms come too late for most remaining ethnic Serb IDPs

The number of internally displaced people (IDPs) in Croatia has fallen significantly since the armed hostilities between the Croat majority and the Serb minority ended in 1995. By December 2005, the total was considered to be between 5,000 and 7,000 including 1,700 ethnic Serbs.

18 April 2006 | Overview

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Croatia: Reforms come too late for most remaining ethnic Serb IDPs

The number of internally displaced people (IDPs) in Croatia has fallen significantly since the armed hostilities between the Croat majority and the Serb minority ended in 1995. By December 2005, the total was considered to be between 5,000 and 7,000 including 1,700 ethnic Serbs. These figures disguise a huge disparity in return patterns between ethnic Serbs and Croats. While 99 per cent of the over 220,000 ethnic Croats displaced by the conflict have returned, little more than one-third of the over 300,000 ethnic Serb IDPs and refugees have been able to do so. In addition, about two-third of past returns are not sustainable, according to spot-checks and estimates by international organisations and NGOs.

18 April 2006 | Country Profile

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Burundi: Still no end to displacement, despite political progress

Several hundred thousand internally displaced people (IDPs) and refugees have returned home since 2003, due to the general improvement of security in Burundi, following the signing of ceasefire agreements between the government and several rebel groups. Hopes that the remaining rebel group, the National Liberation Forces (FNL), would make peace with the new government elected in mid-2005 have so far been disappointed.

11 April 2006 | Country Profile

In Need of Durable Solutions: the Revolving Door of Internal Displacement in West Africa

IDMC overview of the background and causes of conflict-induced internal displacement in West Africa, as well as an overview of the main protection and assistance concerns of IDPs in six countries.

01 April 2006 | Publication

Quarterly Update January - March 2006

This Quarterly Update covers the activities of the Geneva-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) between 1 January and 31 March 2006.

31 March 2006 | Publication

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Bangladesh: Minorities increasingly at risk of displacement

Civil war and persecution of religious minorities have displaced hundreds of thousands of people in Bangladesh

28 March 2006 | Country Profile

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IDP living conditions improve, but peace deal remains elusive

Almost 13 years after the signing of a ceasefire agreement, there are still some 690,000 people internally displaced in Azerbaijan from Nagorno-Karabakh, a self-proclaimed independent state within the territory of Azerbaijan, and its adjacent districts. There are also an estimated 30,000 mainly Armenian displaced persons in Nagorno-Karabakh who arrived from other regions of Azerbaijan.

06 March 2006 | Overview

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