In Nepal, the National Consultation for Durable Solutions for Internally Displaced Persons was held on 26th August, with around 50 attendees representing conflict victims, human rights activists, civil society leaders, academics, and students. The Chief Guest was the Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission, Rt. Hon. Kedar Nath Upadhyay. With many people displaced during the recent conflict in Nepal, and a solution largely yet resolved for them, the consultation was a very appropriate one. Sessions focused on the background to the consultation – including SAHR’s work on IDPs, the Deng Principles – as well as IDP issues unique to Nepal, and ways that the Deng Principles could be operationalised in the country. Recommendations included the need to obtain more accurate data on IDPs in the country, awareness raising among the general public about IDPs and the problems they face, safeguards to ensure return and resettlement, and the need for a greater role for civil society in aiding IDPs.
The full report for the consultation can be found here