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UN To Assess Nigeria’s IDP Situation


The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Internally Displaced Persons, Mr Chaloka Beyani, will visit Nigeria on Tuesday, next week, to examine the human rights situation of those forced from their homes due to the insurgency in the North east.

Mr Beyani said the challenges confronting the displaced victims in the region were considerable.

He said, “The North-eastern part of the country witnessed increased violence and the escalation of attacks by boko haram since 2009 that forced the displacement of more than two million people from their homes and triggered a humanitarian crisis.”

He said his visits would be to gather information on the situation from those displaced including new and protracted cases.

The human rights expert will also examine the legal, policy and institutional frameworks in place for prevention of displacement, protection, recovery and assistance for internally displaced persons.

Mr Beyani at the beginning of a four-day visit will consult senior government officials as well as a wide range of national and international partners, with a view to examining the ongoing responses and challenges.

They will also hope tp meet their obligations towards internally displaced persons and  as well as support durable solutions for them.

The Special Rapporteur will also visit camps for internally displaced persons in affected regions and hear from IDPs and representatives of host communities, first-hand, on their needs, challenges and expectations.

The Special Rapporteur will at the end of the 4-day visit on Friday August 26, produce a comprehensive report with recommendations for presentation to the United Nations for necessary action.

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Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan.

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