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Panel on Internal Displacement and the Marsh Arabs of Iraq

On 1 March 2006, the Brookings-Bern Project organized a panel on internal displacement and the Marsh Arabs (Iraq) at the AMAR Foundation Conference in London.

The panel consisted of Walter Kälin, Representative of the UN Secretary-General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, who gave the keynote address which introduced the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement; Dina Abou Samra, Middle East Analyst, Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, Norwegian Refugee Council, who discussed the requirements for sustainable returns to the Marshlands; Dr. Norbert Wuehler, Director of the Claims Programmes, International Organization for Migration, who addressed property and compensation issues in Iraq; Buraq J. Swaady, Officer-in-Charge, UNHCR Iraq (Basra), who discussed the development of Iraq’s National Policy on IDPs; and Roberta Cohen, Co-director, Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement, who gave a summation and closing remarks.

Meeting Documents
Keynote Address, Walter Kälin
Requirements for Sustainable Returns, Dina Abou Samra
Property Issues, Dr. Norbert Wuehler, forthcoming
Iraq National Policy on IDPs, Buraq J. Swaady
Closing Remarks, Roberta Cohen
Final Meeting Report — An IDP Case Study: The Marsh Arabs of Southern Iraq

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