United Nations


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

11 March 1996


Fiftieth session
Agenda item 112 (c)


            [on the report of the Third Committee (A/50/635/Add.3)]

            50/195.     Protection of and assistance to
                        internally displaced persons

      The General Assembly,

      Deeply disturbed by the growing number of internally displaced
persons throughout the world who receive inadequate protection and
assistance, and conscious of the serious problems this is creating for
the international community,

      Recalling the relevant norms of international human rights
instruments and of international humanitarian law,

      Bearing in mind the Vienna Declaration and Programme of
Action,  1/ adopted by the World Conference on Human Rights on 25
June 1993, which calls for a comprehensive approach by the
international community with regard to refugees and displaced persons,

      Reiterating its call for a more concerted response by the
international community to the needs of internally displaced persons
while emphasizing that activities on their behalf must not undermine
the institution of asylum,

      Conscious of the continuing need for the United Nations system to
gather information comprehensively on the issue of the protection of
human rights of and assistance to internally displaced persons,

      Welcoming the decision of the Commission on Human Rights in its
resolution 1995/57 of 3 March 1995,  2/ in which it extended the
mandate of the representative of the Secretary-General on internally
displaced persons for another three years to continue his review of
the need for protection of and assistance to internally displaced
persons, including his compilation and analysis of legal norms, the
root causes of internal displacement, prevention and long-term

      Noting the progress made thus far by the representative of the
Secretary-General in developing a legal framework, studying the causes
and manifestations of internal displacement and analysing
institutional arrangements, undertaking dialogue with Governments,
issuing a series of reports on particular country situations together
with proposals for remedial measures, and raising the level of
awareness, at both the national and international levels, concerning
the problem of internal displacement,

      Welcoming the cooperation already established between the
representative of the Secretary-General and the United Nations
humanitarian assistance and development organizations engaged in
protecting and assisting internally displaced persons, as well as the
International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Federation
of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and other relevant

      Welcoming in particular the decision by the Executive Committee
of the Programme of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
to promote further consultations with the representative of the
Secretary-General, as well as the decision by the Inter-Agency
Standing Committee and its working group to invite the representative
to participate in relevant meetings and in its Task Force on
Internally Displaced Persons,

      Recalling the report of the representative of the Secretary-
General submitted to the Commission on Human Rights at its fifty-first
session,  3/ and the conclusions and recommendations contained
therein with regard to improving protection of, assistance to and
development for internally displaced persons,

      1.    Takes note with appreciation of the report of the
representative of the Secretary-General on internally displaced
persons;  4/

      2.    Commends the representative for the catalytic role he is
playing in raising the level of consciousness about the plight of
internally displaced persons;

      3.    Noting the efforts of the representative to develop a
framework and to promote strategies for better protection, assistance
and development for internally displaced persons;

      4.    Encourages the representative to continue his analysis of
the causes of internal displacement, the needs of those displaced,
measures of prevention and ways to increase protection, assistance and
solutions for internally displaced persons;

      5.    Also encourages the representative to continue to pay
specific attention in his review to the protection and assistance
needs of women and children, bearing in mind the relevant strategic
objective in the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action, 
5/ adopted by the Fourth World Conference on Women, held at Beijing
from 4 to 15 September 1995;

      6.    Calls upon the representative to continue to study the
problem of internally displaced persons and to invite, with the
approval of Governments, specialists and consultants to contribute
expert assistance during missions and to make use of research

      7.    Invites the representative to finalize his compilation and
analysis of existing legal norms for inclusion in his report to the
Commission on Human Rights at its fifty-second session;

      8.    Calls upon the Commission on Human Rights to consider the
question of establishing a framework in this regard on the basis of
the report of the representative and the recommendations contained

      9.    Calls upon all Governments to continue to facilitate the
activities of the representative, encourages them to give serious
consideration to inviting the representative to visit their countries
so as to enable him to study and analyse more fully the issues
involved, and thanks those Governments which have already done so;

      10.   Invites Governments to give due consideration, in dialogue
with the representative, to the recommendations and suggestions made
to them by him, in accordance with his mandate, and to inform him of
measures taken thereon;

      11.   Urges all relevant United Nations humanitarian assistance
and development organizations concerned to establish frameworks of
cooperation with the representative so as to provide all possible
assistance and support to him in the implementation of his programme
of activities, and invites the representative to report thereon;

      12.   Calls upon the representative and regional intergovernmental
organizations, such as the Organization of African Unity, the
Organization of American States and the Organization for Security and
Cooperation in Europe, to intensify their cooperation with a view to
encouraging their undertaking initiatives to facilitate assistance to
and protection of internally displaced persons;

      13.   Requests the Secretary-General to give all necessary
assistance to the representative to carry out his mandate effectively;

      14.   Decides to continue its consideration of this question at
its fifty-second session.

                                                          99th plenary meeting
                                                              22 December 1995


1/          A/CONF.157/24 (Part I), chap. III.

2/          See Official Records of the Economic and Social Council,
1995, Supplement No. 3 and corrigenda (E/1995/23 and Corr.1 and 2),
chap. II, sect. A.

3/          E/CN.4/1995/50 and Add.1 and Corr.1, Add.2 and Corr.1, Add.3
and Add.4.

4/          See A/50/558.

5/          A/CONF.177/20 and Add.1, chap. I, resolution 1, annexes I
and II.

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