Proposed Displacement Monitoring System

NGO looks for recognition of the phenomenon of forced displacement and preventative action from the State.

Cristosal's Juan José García and Celia Medrano, left, with representatives from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre / Photo Cristosal

Cristosal's Juan José García and Celia Medrano, left, with representatives from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre / Photo Cristosal

Cristosal said they plan to propose a model to the Salvadoran government for monitoring forced displacement and registering victims. The model can serve as a basis for recognizing and managing the phenomenon.

"The goal is the creation of a registration model that leads to generating a more exact number of internally displaced persons in the country," explained Juan José García, coordinator of Cristosal’s Monitoring Unit.

This initiative arises from the state’s alleged failure to recognize the existence of internal displacement. According to Cristosal, there are no official records of victims. The data that’s currently available is provided by civil society organizations and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, according to García.

In 2016, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre recorded 220,000 cases of forced displacement. This year, the number of cases addressed by Cristosal alone is around 83.

Cristosal said the model will be presented next year.

Cristosal is developing tools to collect, store, and process displacement data. It will conduct tests in the field to determine, among other things, the causes of internal displacement and the demographic characteristics of the victim population. They anticipate that the model will be proposed to the state next year.

On October 6, the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court ruled to protect a Salvadoran family that had been forcibly displaced because of gang activity.

 

Translated from: Espinoza, Y (October 31, 2017). Propondrán sistema de registro de víctimas desplazadas. El Mundo. Retrieved from www.elmundo.sv/propondran-sistema-de-registro-de-victimas-desplazadas

Hannah Rose Nelson