The European Union strongly supports the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Internally Displaced Persons and a rights-based approach to the protection of IDPs and their assistance, which is indispensable for achieving durable solutions.
2019 saw a record number of persons internally displaced by conflict and the outlook for 2020 is grim – we are worried about the impact of COVID-19 on displacement and displaced persons, about food scarcity and the aggravation of the effects of climate change forcing even more people to leave their homes.
We thank the Special Rapporteur for her reports and her recommendations. Displaced persons with disabilities are amongst the most vulnerable, often facing discrimination and neglect before and during displacement and in the search for durable solutions. They usually face multiple and intersectional forms of discrimination and are, even more than others, exposed to violence, including sexual- and gender-based violence.
The European Union assists governments around the world in protecting IDPS through government service delivery systems. One important tool is budget support with which the EU promotes social protection schemes, offering safety nets for the poorest households and the most vulnerable.
Supporting national and local governments in better responses to displacement requires strengthening the institutional and legislative frameworks concerning IDPs, including the capacity and understanding of government officials of protection and human rights related issues.
Madame Special Rapporteur,
How can we ensure accountability for violations of the rights of the most vulnerable among the IDP population, including persons with disabilities? What are the specific barriers for persons with disabilities when reporting on human rights violations and how can they be overcome?