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
Which obligations do you have as an internally displaced
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.
- 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.
- 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)?
- The registration is being
carried out in all municipal offices of the Red Cross where there are
temporarily displaced persons.
- In Skopje the registration
is being carried out in:
- Room No. 8 in the Home of Humanitarian Organisations
- 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
§ If you have a health card take it together with the card (registration
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
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:
- Reception arrangements for
the persons who sought protection from it.
- 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
- To respect and to allow full enjoyment of their
basic human rights:
- 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 :
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.
- In no case shall they be used as hostages.
- Right to freedom of movement and freedoms of choice
of the place of living.
- Right to freedom of movement in and outside the
camps (collective centres).
- 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
- Right to respect of family unity. The members of
the family who want to stay together should be allowed to do so.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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
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.
- 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.
- To foresee particular measures of protection of
children and women.
- All humanitarian assistance will be distributed
in accordance with the principles of humanity, impartiality and without
- The humanitarian assistance for internally displaced
persons will not be prevented, and in particular for political or military
- The international humanitarian organisations and
other appropriate participants have the right to offer their services
in support of the internally displaced persons.
- To facilitate their return to their homes when conditions
for the same will be created;
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Information concerning the registration of IDPs and distribution of humanitarian
- 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
- MORC Karposh, ul. Rugjer Boshkovic 3, behind
"Simpo", on boulevard Partizanski odredi;
- MORC Chair, ul. Vukovarska 23, in front of
the Chair stadium.