Interactive Dialogue with the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and the Special Rapporteur on Internally Displaced Persons
Dear Prof. Beyani,
We thank you and commend you for the interesting report and the presentation given today. Austria strongly welcomes your focus on the issue of IDPs outside of camps, as well as the challenge their situation may pose to host communities. You particularly highlight the need for improved data collection with regard to the timely and systematic identification of IDPs’ identities and needs.
We also commend you for the country visits to Kenya and the Maldives and thank you for the reports, which we have read with great interest.
We would like to ask for your thoughts on the following questions:
· How can humanitarian agencies contribute more effectively to the process of data collection? Have you found good practices in this regard?
· Have you found good practices with regard to the coordination between humanitarian actors, providers of development assistance and local authorities?
· How can we further develop a human rights based approach in this regard, in particular with regard to the identification and registration of IDPs?
· And finally, how can we ensure that IDPs outside camps and in urban areas are effectively involved in the decision-making processes that affect them as well as that they are fully represented in their countries’ political processes?
Dear Mr. Malick Sow (Chair-Rapporteur),
Last year marked the 20th anniversary of the working group on arbitrary detention. For 20 years the working group has been at the forefront for the fight of those who have been deprived of their liberty, without any charges and means to challenge their detention. Among the special procedures the working group fulfils a unique role in this respect.
One important function of the working group is to collect information on those thousands of individuals arbitrarily detained in all parts of the world. This information is often the only protection for those arbitrarily detained and the only relief to their families to know about the fate of their loved ones.
· We would be interested to learn more about the challenges the working group is facing in collecting this information, especially in your interaction with governments?
We read with great interest the important contributions of the working group to the discussion on prolonged pre-trial detention and habeas corpus.
· What could be the role of the Human Rights Council to address these issues?