Property restitution in practice: The Norwegian Refugee Council's experience

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Draft Principles on Housing and Property Restitution for Refugees and Displaced Persons (Draft Principles). Our input is based on our own experiences of attempting to uphold this right through our Information Counselling and Legal Assistance programs (ICLA) in more than a dozen countries around the world. Information and legal assistance is a comparatively new area of work, both for NRC and most other humanitarian agencies. Legal aid might not seem the first priority in a situation where people's physical needs for food, shelter, security, basic healthcare and education have not been met. Nonetheless, its practical value in post-conflict situations is being increasingly recognized.