Niger: A consultative process for adopting a national law on internal displacement

In December 2018, Niger adopted Law Number 2018-74 Relative to the Protection and Assistance to Internally Displaced Persons,6 setting a global standard by including strong human rights protection for IDPs. In addition to the law’s content, the legislative development process itself served as a model in terms of inclusiveness, comprehensiveness, and efficiency. Prior to the law’s adoption, representatives from the Government of Niger had attended a Regional Training of Trainers programme on law and policy in April 2017 organized by UNHCR in Senegal, which sparked an interest in Niger becoming the first African Union (AU) Member State to domesticate the Kampala Convention into national legislation.

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