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Protecting the Dispossessed: A Challenge for the International Community

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An estimated 25 million to 30 million people worldwide are internally displaced - a significantly larger population than the 18 million refugees. Victims of civil wars, forced relocation, communal violence, natural and ecological disasters, and gross violations of human rights, they desperately need food, shelter, safety, basic health care, and other necessities. In March 1992 Francis Deng was appointed Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General to study this harrowing situation. Here he ...
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An estimated 25 million to 30 million people worldwide are internally displaced - a significantly larger population than the 18 million refugees. Victims of civil wars, forced relocation, communal violence, natural and ecological disasters, and gross violations of human rights, they desperately need food, shelter, safety, basic health care, and other necessities. In March 1992 Francis Deng was appointed Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General to study this harrowing situation. Here he presents a powerful personalized version of his official report to the United Nations, examining the causes and consequences of internal displacement, the legal standards for protection and assistance, enforcement mechanisms, the prevailing conditions in the affected countries, and the urgent need for an international response. In a compelling first-person narrative, Protecting the Dispossessed follows Deng's investigation and is based on interviews and information from governments, international organizations, individuals, and visits to countries in Europe, Africa, and Latin America. Deng argues that national sovereignty entails a responsibility to ensure the safety and welfare of the citizens and to protect fundamental human rights. When nations cannot or will not meet that responsibility, the international community must uphold this standard and make violators accountable. While he acknowledges that steps are being taken in the right direction, there is still much to be done. He presents a bold proposal, one that requires substantial change in the international system, in the politics of major governments, and in the relations between states.
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Deng is a Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary- General appointed to study the problem of internally displaced people. Reporting on the plight of the 25-30 million people chased from their homes by civil war, forced relocation, communal violence, natural and ecological disasters, and gross violations of human rights, he argues that national sovereignty entails a responsibility for the safety and welfare of citizens and that the international community must force governments to do their duty. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Principles of Protection 1
Pt. 1 Country Reports
1 Yugoslavia: A Nation Dismantled 23
2 Russia: A Crisis in the Making 39
3 Somalia: From Disintegration to Reconstruction 51
4 The Sudan: A Nation Divided 65
5 El Salvador: Peace in the Balance 83
6 Cambodia: Rebuilding a Nation 95
Pt. 2 Displacement in Global Perspective
7 The Challenge in the African Experience 109
8 The International Response to Civil Violence 121
9 A Strategy for Protection 133
Postscript: Response of the Commission on Human Rights 141
Appendix A UN Commission on Human Rights Resolution 1992/73 149
Appendix B UN Commission on Human Rights Resolution 1993/105 151
Appendix C Memorandum: Civil Violence as an International Security Problem 154
Appendix D Humanitarian Emergencies and Assistance 160
Appendix E Statement by the Representative of the Secretary-General 163
Index 169
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