Honduras GP20 Concept Note

Thematic Priorities Data / Durable Solutions / IDP Engagement / Law and Policy
Timeframe 2018
Stakeholders Government – IDPs – Communities – Parishes – IAHCR – INGO

Problem Statement

Honduras is the first and only country in the Central America that has recognized forced displacement as a consequence of generalized violence and organized crime. In 2014, an IDP profiling exercise (which is currently being update) identified 174,000 IDPs in 20 municipalities. In 2015, during an official session led by the Ministry of Human Rights in the presence of the former Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of IDPs, the Government committed to: i) developing a legal framework, ii) disseminating the IDP profiling results, iii) assisting IDPs, and iv) preventing future forced displacement by responding to root causes. Comprehensive support is nevertheless required for the Government to meet these commitments, which have since been reaffirmed and expanded.


Building on the above mentioned commitments and on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Guiding Principles, UNHCR will seek to consolidate a national response for IDPs including prevention mechanisms and protection for IDPs and communities at risk as well as durable solutions.


National IDP law

  • Awareness raising and advocacy around the draft law;
  • Consultations as well as technical support for the dissemination of the law, once approved;
  • MOU with government to promote enhanced technical capacity of judges and the overall system on forced displacement as well as of civil society on strategic litigation and use of the inter-American system.

Information gathering

  • Building on an update of an IDP profiling exercise (October 2018), initiate a registration model for IDPs for development and adoption in 2019.

Community registration for abandoned land and housing

  • Expand coverage of the current project with parish committees and Caritas to identify abandoned land and housing.

Institutional registration for abandoned land and housing

  • Building on work started by an institutional technical working group established in 2017 and supported by one national and one international consultant, complete the design and implementation of a registration system for abandoned property, ensuring uptake in the national law.

Visibility campaigns

  • In coordination with the Jesuit NGO ERIC, expand the campaign to increase visibility on internal displacement, giving particular emphasis to the Guiding Principles. Organize a similar process with the inter-institutional commission for the protection of IDPs, with more attention on the government’s roles and responsibilities vis-à-vis IDPs

Twining missions

Enhance capacity and identify best practices and lessons learned through government exchange on i) decentralization of the IDP response; ii) registration systems for IDPs and abandoned housing, land and property, iii) improvement of cadastral systems including forced displacement.

The Global Protection Cluster (GPC)’s Task Team on Law and Policy conducted a mapping exercise to capture up-to-date information on countries with IDP laws and policies. Read More

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