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Addressing Internal Displacement: A Framework for National Responsibility
It is well recognized, and often emphasized, that because internally displaced persons (IDPs) remain within their country, they should, in accordance with established principles of international law, enjoy the protection and assistance of their own governments. Indeed, governments regularly insist that they have the primary responsibility for ensuring the security and welfare of their internally displaced populations. That responsibility for protecting and assisting the internally displaced rests first and foremost with their national authorities is a core concept reflected in the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, which set forth the rights of IDPs and the obligations of governments towards them, and also is a central tenet guiding international and regional approaches to internal displacement.