Posted by: aasheim | October 23, 2009

African Union Adopts Treaty on Internally Displaced Persons

From Reuters (By Katie Nguyen and Frank Nyakairu)

KAMPALA, Oct 23 (Reuters) – The African Union (AU) adopted a convention on Friday that obliges member states to protect and help millions of people uprooted within their own countries because of conflict and natural disasters.

Africa is home to almost half the world’s internally displaced people (IDPs) with 12 million, most of them sheltering in ramshackle camps, shantytowns or among local communities.

Unlike refugees, who have fled to another country and have a global U.N. agency dedicated to protecting their rights, IDPs benefit from little or no protection.

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