The Brookings Project, in collaboration with the Georgian Young Lawyers Association (GYLA) and OSCE/ODIHR, supported a monitoring process in the South Caucasus by which teams of lawyers from Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan examined the laws and administrative regulations in their three countries in terms of the Guiding Principles and recommended legislative reforms.
Two legal experts from each of the South Caucasus countries were assigned to produce research papers on the compatibility of their respective national laws with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement and then to organize a roundtable which would serve as a forum for presenting the findings of the research papers and to discuss internal displacement problems in each country and the region. Meetings were held in Yerevan, Armenia (October 2001), Tbilisi, Georgia (February 2002) and Baku, Azerbaijan (February 2002).
The roundtable meetings included introductory remarks by the organizers, presentations by the national experts and discussion of the report and other issues. A broad range of participants attended the meetings, in particular representatives from Government agencies, non-governmental organizations, international and regional organizations and research institutions.
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The South Caucasus are home to home to hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons living in protracted situations. The Brookings Project, in collaboration with the Georgian Young Lawyers Association and OSCE/ODIHR, supported a monitoring process in the region by which teams of local lawyers examined the laws and administrative regulations in terms of the Guiding Principles.
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