UNHCR welcomes Yemen national policy on Internally Displaced PeopleListen /
The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has welcomed the adoption by Yemen of a national policy on internally displaced people (IDPs).
The government approved the policy in late June. It aims to protect the more than half-a-million Yemenis who have been forced to flee their homes in recent years and to help solve the problem of displacement within the Gulf state.
Spokesperson Adrian Edwards says UNHCR sees it as a major step forward.
” The national policy, seeks to protect and assist people who are displaced by conflict, violence and natural disasters – events that can destroy communities and leave families and individuals struggling to survive. The policy establishes a Supreme Committee which is chaired by prime minister and features three strategic goals: The first being to prevent arbitrary displacement; the second goal is to support IDPs and the communities that host them and the third policy goal is to create the conditions for lasting solutions – such as employment, local integration. “
Although it is primarily the duty and responsibility of states to protect IDPs, the UN General Assembly has in a series of resolutions recognised UNHCR's humanitarian expertise and encourages its involvement in situations of internal displacement.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.