Legislature Urged to Ratify Kampala Convention

The Liberia National Legislature is being called on by the African Union, national and international partners to ratify the Kampala Convention, a treaty designed by the African Union to issues surrounding internally displaced people.

The Kampala Convention (formally, the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa) is a treaty of the African Union that addresses internal displacement caused by armed conflict, natural disasters and large-scale development projects in Africa.

The Convention was adopted in October 2009. As of 2014 it has been signed by 39 and ratified by 22 of the 54 member states of the African Union. The Convention entered into force on 6 December 2012, 30 days after its ratification by 15 states.

Article 5(4) specifically establishes state responsibilities for the protection and assistance of internally displaced persons, whose displacement is the result of “natural or human made disasters, including climate change”.

Beginning Monday June 30, 2014 the Liberia Refugee, Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC) would hold a two day training for top level government officials so that they could have firsthand knowledge on the importance of the ratification of the Convention.

The Convention has been at the doorstep of the legislature since September of this year and it is hoped that with members of the August body participation in the training the Convention would not take long to be ratified.