Newsletter - July 2010
Internally Displaced Persons
Department of International Law was invited to
participate in the Sixth Annual Course on the Law of
Internal Displacement, which was held in San Remo,
Italy, June 7-12, 2010. The course’s objective was
to provide information for familiarization with the
problem of internal displacement, and the law
applicable to persons in that situation.
The course was organized by the International
Institute of International Humanitarian Law, in
cooperation with the representative of the United
Nations Secretary General on the human rights of
internally displaced persons, the Brookings-Bern
Project on Internal Displacement, and other entities
that supported the event.
Participants in the course were public officials and
other key persons working actively in the area of
internal displacement in various parts of the world.
The classes were taught by Walter Kaelin, who is the
representative of the United Nations Secretary
General on the human rights of internally displaced
persons, and other authorities on the subject.
During the course the Department of International Law
made a presentation on OAS work in this area,
analyzing the content and function of the various
OAS General Assembly resolutions on internally
displaced persons. The department’s presentation
also described other initiatives underway in the
Organization concerning protection and assistance to
internally displaced persons.
The department’s presence in this forum helped
participants better understand the work undertaken
by the OAS and the importance that it attaches to
internally displaced persons. Moreover, the course
provided an opportunity to be brought up to date on
the latest developments in this field, which will
make it possible to provide better legal counsel to
the Organization’s policy organs on matters
concerning internally displaced persons.
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