Practice Relating to Rule 131. Treatment of Displaced Persons
Section B. Security of displaced persons
Canada’s LOAC Manual (1999) provides, with respect to non-international armed conflicts: “If [civilians] do have to be displaced, arrangements must be made, if possible, for their … safety.”
Canada’s LOAC Manual (2001) states in its chapter on non-international armed conflicts: “If [civilians] do have to be displaced, arrangements must be made, if possible, for their shelter, hygiene, health, safety and nutrition.”
In 2005, in a statement before the UN Commission on Human Rights on the human rights situation in Sudan, made on behalf of Canada, Australia and New Zealand, the representative of Canada stated:
Armed groups carry out attacks against internally displaced people, terrorizing them and robbing them of any hope for security … We urge the Government of Sudan to … protect civilians, in particular, individuals living in camps as a result of being internally displaced.