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Protecting minority rights during humanitarian crises - 9th session of the Forum on Minority Issues
25 Nov 2016 -  Item 5. Recovering from a crisis: ensuring durable solutions for minorities

This session will examine the challenges faced by minorities seeking to return to a situation of normality after a crisis has ended, for example when returning to their place of origin, when finding a new settlement after displacement, when seeking to relaunch local economic development and social services after protracted isolation, when reclaiming properties and goods after a crisis or when reskilling and seeking a new occupation in a new environment. Participants will reflect on how to prevent minorities from being socially and economically left behind at the recovery stage of crises. Participants will address the need to ensure that all members of minority groups, including those who suffer from multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination, including women, children, older persons, youth, people with disabilities and LGBTI persons, are actively engaged in consultations to determine their best possible options for return or to identify priority areas for post-crisis assistance.

Presentations by:
- Mr Andrew Wyllie, Director of Programme Support Branch, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, OCHA
- Ms Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights of Internally Displaced Persons
- Ms Erivan Mahdi, OHCHR Minority Fellow and Yazidi activist from Iraq
- His Eminence Dieudonné Cardinal Nzapalainga, Archbishop of Bangui and President of Caritas Central African Republic

Item 6. 17:45-18:00 Concluding remarks by the Chairperson of the Forum on Minority Issues and the Special Rapporteur on minority issues.
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