Jun 14

Mass Displacement in Ongoing Conflicts: Myanmar and South Sudan

June 14, 2018 | 10:00 AM
International Peace Institute, New York, New York, United States

Refugee and internally displaced persons (IDP) crises are highly complex, often combining humanitarian emergencies, political turmoil, and ethnic and sectarian conflict. They overwhelm social and political structures, overturn cultural mores, and create classes of peoples who are typically unwelcome in host communities and subject to violence when they repatriate. Evidence shows that these crises are rarely temporary problems. Indeed, the UN High Commissioner on Refugees has estimated that over 70 percent of the 32 protracted refugee situations active in 2015 lasted for more than 20 years.

Hosted by the World Refugee Council of the Centre for International Governance Innovation and the International Peace Insititute, this event will bring together high-level experts from the United Nations (UN), national delegations to the UN, representatives of civil society and refugee experts to discuss the dynamics of responding to mass displacement situations in the context of protracted conflicts. The discussion will focus on the mass displacements associated with the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar and the civil war in South Sudan. Looking at these two cases will offer the opportunity to consider political, legal, and social responses to mass displacement situations, particularly around the areas of non-refoulement, civilian protection, and developing strategies to build pressure for sustainable agreements.

*This event is by invitation only.