The growing number of people displaced withing their own borders presents one of the greatest challenges to the international community.
In many cases the international community acts to protect and assist the world's internally displaced people in the absence of responsible and effective national action.
The Centre for Southern African Studies at the University of the Western Cape has recently begun a research project designed to investigate the extent, conditions and prognoses of internally displaced people (IDPs) in southern African countries.
After three decades of armed conflict in Colombia, communities of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and others threatened by the violence are trying to stop the killing in their communities and prevent further displacement by publicly declaring themselves neutral to the conflict.
A key challenge facing the Irish people today is to build an Ireland in which the values of multiculturalism and inclusion are recognised and practised.
More than half of the population of Bosnia and Herzegovina was displaced by the conflict that ravaged the country from 1992 to 1995. While the return of these internally displaced people (IDPs) and refugees is an explicit objective of the international community, only 15 per cent have so far returned to their places of origin.
It is a French peculiarity that the immigration debate is so politicised. Assuming that it is passed in early 1998, the French Draft Bill on Entry and Sojourn of Foreigners will be the 25th change to the original 1945 legislation.
The following is an extract from the address given by the Honourable Flora MacDonald, former Canadian Foreign Minister, at the 12th Annual Human Rights Lecture hosted by the Refugee Studies Programme on 12 November 1997. The extract focuses on her recommendations for action.