Problems of Protection: The UNHCR, Refugees, and Human Rights

Problems of Protection: The UNHCR, Refugees, and Human Rights

by Niklaus Steiner
     
 

Of all the humanitarian impulses in world politics today, one of the most widely recognized is the need to protect refuges. However, as The Problems of Protection explores, what on the surface appears to be a simple proposition can quickly become complex and controversial. This complexity results in troubling variation in how we respond to our obligation to protect… See more details below

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Of all the humanitarian impulses in world politics today, one of the most widely recognized is the need to protect refuges. However, as The Problems of Protection explores, what on the surface appears to be a simple proposition can quickly become complex and controversial. This complexity results in troubling variation in how we respond to our obligation to protect refugees—while NATO launches a major military intervention on behalf of Albanians in Kosovo amidst worldwide media attention, the international community's response to Sierra Leonean refugees is slow, inefficient and inadequate. Who qualifies as a refugee in need of protection? Should refugees be returned as soon as possible, or integrated into safer host countries? The contributors to this volume address the often lacking political will among powerful countries and donors, shifting attitudes among affected countries, and the difficulty of rebuilding societies in a world in which the number of refugees will almost c

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415945745
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/30/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
1UNHCR at Fifty: Refugee Protection and World Politics3
2What Is Refugee Protection? A Question Revisited19
3The Legal and Ethical Obligations of UNHCR: The Case of Temporary Protection in Western Europe37
4Defining Persecution and Protection: The Cultural Relativism Debate and the Rights of Refugees61
5Refugee Protection in Troubled Times: Reflections on Institutional and Legal Developments at the Crossroads79
6A Rare Opening in the Wall: The Growing Recognition of Gender-Based Persecution101
7The Role of Non-governmental Organizations in the International Refugee Regime117
8Changing Priorities in Refugee Protection: The Rwandan Repatriation from Tanzania141
9The Marginalization of Palestinian Refugees155
10Arguing about Asylum: The Complexity of Refugee Debates in Europe179
11Post-Conflict Reintegration and Reconstruction: Doing It Right Takes a While197
12Securing Refuge from Terror: Refugee Protection in East Africa after September 11225
13Refugee Protection in Europe and the U.S. after 9/11237
Notes263
Biographies329
Index335

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