The Protection of Internally Displaced Persons in Ethiopia Leave No One Behind

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Wakgari Kebeta Djigsa

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The plight of persons who are forced to flee their homes and stay within their home state has taken an unfortunate back seat in the policy debates in Ethiopia. Although an attempt has been made to protect internally displaced persons (IDPs), the concerns of such persons have not been fully addressed. This article doctrinally examines the adequacy of domestic legal and institutional frameworks for the protection of IDPs in the light of international and regional instruments. It finds that Ethiopia has not adopted adequate legal and institutional frameworks for the protection of displaced persons and that this hampers the country’s move towards sustainable development. Ultimately, it acknowledges that Ethiopia’s crisis of internal displacement is overwhelmingly a political crisis that requires a political solution.

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