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Reconciling R2p With Idp Protection

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The concept of the responsibility to protect (R2P) developed in large measure from efforts to design an international system to protect internally displaced persons (IDPs). This chapter examines the origin of responsibility to protect (R2P) from the perspective of IDP protection and identifies the problems that arise in applying the concept to displaced persons. It then offers suggestions for reconciling R2P with internally displaced persons (IDPs) so that the concept may benefit displaced persons, as was intended. There are a number of steps that can be taken to better reconcile the protection needs of IDPs with R2P. Before identifying them, however, it is important to reiterate that the concept may in fact be applied in very few cases because there is little or no consensus on how to operationalise R2P.

Keywords: internally displaced persons (IDPs); responsibility to protect (R2P); UN HighCommissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)



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