Dealing with displacement in Myanmar’s peace process


Author: Kirsten McConnachie

This working paper sets out the context and experience of displacement in and from Myanmar, resulting from political conflicts continuing since 2011. It identifies three primary areas that must be addressed, including: the process of drafting a peace agreement, and displacement-specific provisions to include in a peace agreement; the timing, design and implementation of return and reintegration of displaced populations; and issues of legal protection, land governance and restitution. Cross-cutting themes include: the need to recognise a relationship between displacement and other aspects of peacebuilding (such as political autonomy for ethnic areas and land governance); the necessity of ensuring that displaced people themselves are central to the process of policy design; and the importance of securing continued funding and donor support for refugees and IDPs with a continuing need of international protection.

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