Internal displacement in South Asia: the relevance of the UN's guiding principles
This book deals with the situation of internally displaced people - those who have been forcibly displaced by natural disasters or development projects.
Each chapter is a case study authored by specialists from seven countries - India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Mayanmar and Afghanistan. The latter two countries have been included for their shared ethnic continuities with people of the neighbouring countries. The authors provide recommendations on how to minimize the insecurity of the displaced, as well as suggesting early warning systems as preventive measures to forestall displacement at the outset.
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The UN Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement are based on existing
international humanitarian laws and human rights instruments, and are also
compatible with the guidelines provided by the World Bank and Asian
They have also been acknowledged at the level of the Security Council,62 at
international conferences,63 and adopted by the U.N. and wider humanitarian
community as their standard.64 The Guiding Principles have been well received
The Guiding Principles were never meant to be a revolutionary document. Their
underlying premise — that states owe a duty of protection and assistance to
civilians within their borders — are familiar in international law, finding
precedents in ...
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