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Internally Displaced Persons In The Caucasus Region And Southeastern Anatolia

Tuesday, June 03, 2003
2:00pm
334 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC
United States
Members: 
Name: 
Hon. Christopher Smith
Title Text: 
Chairman
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Name: 
Hon. Ben Nighthorse Campbell
Title Text: 
Co-Chairman
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Name: 
Hon. Benjamin Cardin
Title Text: 
Commissioner
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Name: 
Hon. Josepth Pitts
Title Text: 
Commissioner
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Name: 
Hon. Gordon Smith
Title Text: 
Commissioner
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Witnesses: 
Name: 
Dr. Francis Deng
Title: 
Representative on Internally Displaced Persons
Body: 
The UN Secretary-General
Name: 
Roberta Cohen
Title: 
Co-Director
Body: 
Brookings-SAIS Project on Internal Displacement
Name: 
Gabriel Trujillo
Title: 
Head of Mission
Body: 
Doctors Without Borders – Russian Federation
Name: 
Maureen Lynch
Title: 
Director of Research
Body: 
Refugees International
Name: 
Jonathan Sugden
Title: 
Researcher
Body: 
Europe and Central Asia Human Rights Watch Division

Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04), other legislators, and witnesses discussed Internally Displaced Persons (or IDPs) in the north Caucasus region of the Russian Federation, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey. At the time of this hearing, this set of countries represented the greatest concentration of IDPs fleeing conflicts anywhere in the OSCE, which then consisted of 55 states.

IDPs are not granted the same protections as refugees as stipulated under the U.N. Refugee Convention, although IDPs face similar problems, due to the fact that IDPs do not cross international borders.

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