Brochure for IDP Rights and Obligations

Information for Internally Displaced Persons

Sometimes it is enough for you to know whom and where you should address at the right moment!

What is an internally displaced person?
How should you register as an internally displaced person?
What is a card (registration paper) of the Red Cross and why do you need it?
Which rights do you have as an internally displaced person?
Which obligations do you have as an internally displaced person?
Where should you address yourself for help?

In this small brochure you will find the answer to all of these questions!

What is an internally displaced person (IDP)?

Internally displaced persons are persons or groups of persons who are forced or compelled to flee or abandoned their homes or permanent places of domicile, particularly as a result of the effects of armed conflicts or in order to avoid the same, in situations of general violence, violation of human rights or due to natural disasters or man-made disasters, who have not crossed an internationally recognised border of the state.

  1. Every citizen of the Republic of Macedonia who has abandoned his place of living must report himself to the nearest office of the Red Cross.

  2. Without reporting yourself you will not be able to acquire the status of an internally displaced person (IDP) and you cannot receive humanitarian assistance.

How to register yourself as an Internally Displaced Person (IDP)?

  1. The registration is being carried out in all municipal offices of the Red Cross where there are temporarily displaced persons.

  2. In Skopje the registration is being carried out in:
    • Room No. 8 in the Home of Humanitarian Organisations Dare Dzambaz;
    • Red Cross - Chair;
    • Red Cross - Karposh.
  • After you have registered yourself you will get a card (registration paper) of the Red Cross with which you acquire the status of internally displaced person.
    • The card is issued to a person over 18 years of age;
    • Persons under 18 years of age are registered in the card of the parent or the guardian.

With the registration and acquisition of the card you become Internally Displaced Person (IDP)!

3. By becoming an internally displaced person you can receive humanitarian assistance!

- The distribution is being carried out in all municipal offices of the Red Cross where there are registered internally displaced persons;
- In Skopje the distribution is done at the warehouses: Momin Potok II. Red Cross Chair and Red Cross Karposh.

4. If you need medical care, the card received from the Red Cross represents an official health care card which you can use in all health homes and clinics in the Republic of Macedonia.

§ If you have a health card take it together with the card (registration paper).

5. If you have an emergency, and you do not have a card (registration paper) address yourself to the nearest municipal office of the Red Cross or the Information Centre of the Red Cross (tel. 02/162-558).

6. If you need medicaments, you can get collect them free of charge at the following places:

§ Poly-clinic Bit Pazar - Skopje;
§ Poly-clinic Chento - Skopje;
§ Poly-clinic Djorche Petrov - Skopje;
§ Medical Centre in Kumanovo.

Take with you both the health card and the card (registration paper).

7. As IDP you are entitled to food, medical assistance, hygiene parcels, blankets according to the food standards.

You as an internally displaced persons (IDP) enjoy the same rights and freedoms according to the international and domestic legislation, as well as other persons in your country. You will not be discriminated in the enjoyment of any rights or freedoms for reasons of being an internally displaced person.

Persons like you, fleeing violence, wars or mass violations of human rights are entitled to the protection of their own state.

The Republic of Macedonia has the primary duty and responsibility to proved protection and humanitarian assistance to the internally displaced persons under its jurisdiction. The Republic of Macedonia must provide:

  1. Reception arrangements for the persons who sought protection from it.

  2. Respect the principle of non-refoulement to the territory where their lives are threatened. This right foresees that the IDPs will not be returned to the territory which they have left owing to a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, social or political grounds. Also the IDPs who have left the territory owing to armed conflicts or risk of torture will not be returned.

  3. To respect and to allow full enjoyment of their basic human rights:

  4. Every person shall be secured the right to life. None shall be deprived of his/her life. The internally displaced persons shall be protected in particular against :

    a) Genocide;
    b) Murder;
    c) Non-judicial or arbitrary execution of a death penalty;
    d) Forced disappearance, inclusive of abduction or concealed detention, which represents a threat of or results in death.

  5. In no case shall they be used as hostages.

  6. Right to freedom of movement and freedoms of choice of the place of living.

  7. Right to freedom of movement in and outside the camps (collective centres).

  8. The internally displaced persons have the right:

    a) to seek safety in another part of the country;
    b) to leave the country;
    c) to seek asylum in another state;
    d) to protection from forced return or resettlement in any place where they would be exposed to risk upon their life, safety, freedom and/or health.

  9. Right to respect of family unity. The members of the family who want to stay together should be allowed to do so.

  10. Right to appropriate standard of living. As a minimum irrespective of the circumstances and without any discrimination, safe access shall be provided to the following:

    a) basic food and drinking water;
    b) basic shelter and accommodation;
    c) appropriate clothing and;
    d) basic health services and sanitation.

  11. Right to be recognised as a person in front of the law. The competent bodies shall issue all necessary documents, necessary for the enjoyment and exercise of the legal rights, such as passports, personal identity documents, birth and marriage certificates.

  12. They shall facilitate in particular the issuance of new documents or replacement of documents lost in the course of displacement, without imposing any unreasonable requirements, such as request for return to the area of permanent domicile in order for the IDPs t obtain these or other necessary documents.

  13. Regardless of whether they live in a camp (collective centre) or no, they will not be discriminated as a result of their displacement in the enjoyment of the following rights:

    a) Right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief, opinion and expression.
    b) Right to pursue freely employment opportunities and to participate in commercial activities;
    c) Right to freedom of association and equal participation in the community affairs.
    d) Right to vote and participate in governmental and public affairs, including the right to access to means necessary for using this right
    e) Right to communication in a language they understand.

  14. In order to effectively use their right to education, the competent authorities will ensure that such persons, in particular the displaced children, will receive education which will be free of charge and compulsory at the level of primary education.

  15. To foresee particular measures of protection of children and women.

  16. All humanitarian assistance will be distributed in accordance with the principles of humanity, impartiality and without discrimination.

  17. The humanitarian assistance for internally displaced persons will not be prevented, and in particular for political or military reasons.

  18. The international humanitarian organisations and other appropriate participants have the right to offer their services in support of the internally displaced persons.

  19. To facilitate their return to their homes when conditions for the same will be created;

  20. The internally displaced persons who have returned to their homes or permanent domiciles or who have settled in another part of the country, will not be discriminated on grounds of their displacement. They will have the right to fully and equally participate in the public affairs at all level and will have equal access to public services.

  21. Duty and responsibility to assist the returnees and/or resettled internally displaced persons to restitute, as far as possible their movable and immovable property which they have left or have been deprived of during displacement.

  22. Will approve and allow international humanitarian organisations and other appropriate participants in the performance of their mandates, quick and unimpeded access to the internally displaced persons, in order to assist them in the return or resettlement and reintegration.

Every internal person must respect all obligations defined by the Constitution and laws of the Republic of Macedonia.

1. As a national of the Republic of Macedonia, your movement is not limited.

Important telephones:

Information concerning the registration of IDPs and distribution of humanitarian assistance

  • HHO Dare Dzambaz 02/228 347;
  • Information Centre of the Red Cross 02/162 558 (for all information on the status regularization);
  • MORC Karposh 368 806, 368 789;
  • MORC Chair 621 924;
  • Information on the date and time of distribution of assistance 02/228 347 and 02/621 924;

Other information telephones

  • Red Cross of Macedonia 114 355;
  • International Committee of the Red Cross 371 951;
  • International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent 114 271.

Other organizations which distribute it:

  • El hilal 02/118-748
  • Milosrdie 02/230-695
  • Mesecina 042/222-272
  • Klasje na dobrinata 02/113-277
  • Medzasi 02/465-900
  • OOZM 02/121-280
  • SOZM 02/220-570
  • SAZM 044/24-163
  • ROZM "Daja" 031/423-654
  • DROM 031/427-558
  • Natura 031/478-002
  • Jeta 02/631-722
  • MCIC 02/365 381


  • Humanitarian Home Dare Dzambaz, ul. 11 Oktomvri bb, Skopje;
  • MORC Karposh, ul. Rugjer Boshkovic 3, behind "Simpo", on boulevard Partizanski odredi;
  • MORC Chair, ul. Vukovarska 23, in front of the Chair stadium.
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