Despite the fact that there are up to 25 million internally displaced persons around the world, their plight is still little known. Like refugees, internally displaced persons have been forced to leave their homes because of war and human rights abuses, but they have not left their country.
This has major consequences in terms of the protection available to them. This 2005 book aims to offer a clear and easily accessible overview of this important humanitarian and human rights challenge. In contrast with other books on the topic, it provides an objective evaluation of UN efforts to protect the internally displaced.
It will be of interest to all those involved with the internally displaced, as well as anyone seeking to gain an overall understanding of this complex issue.
Review of the hardback: 'This book is a substantial contribution to the literature on internal displacement. It combines intellectual rigour with the practical aim of improving the protection of the internally displaced. The call for a human rights framework makes considerable sense and a formidable case is presented for it. As Phuong suggests, the long-term answer rests in the promotion of peace and stability, but the evidence of human history indicates that specific protections will continue to be needed. While this book calls for a human rights framework, its content suggests to this reviewer that it is through the legal recognition and protection of specific groups - combined with sustained political and institutional engagement - that effective action might be possible. This will not be news to refugee lawyers.' Colin Harvey, Human Rights Centre, Queen's University Belfast, Review of the hardback: 'Phuong fills a significant lacuna in the human rights literature. In this thoroughly researched, wide ranging, and well-argued volume, she analyzes most things related to the internally displaced: formal definitions, legal protections, nonbinding norms, real-world implementation, and the role sovereignty plays in protecting this group without a legal identity. Although numerous articles exist on the topic, graduate students and scholars will not find another volume that so thoroughly covers the range of issues, making The International Protection of Internally Displaced Persons a welcome and unique contribution.' International Studies Review Review of the hardback: 'This book is a substantial contribution to the literature on internal displacement. It combines intellectual rigour with the practical aim of improving the protection of the internally displaced. The call for a human rights framework makes considerable sense and a formidable case is presented for it.' International Journal of Refugee Law Review of the hardback: ' This book gives us a clear insight in the problems that are related to displacement and return. it is well structured and the related issues are presented in a thorough way ... interesting and noteworthy ...' Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights Review of the hardback: 'This book can serve as a reference book to practitioners and academics working on the issue of protection of internally displaced persons (IDPs) ... a chapter on sovereignty and intervention provides a useful contribution to the literature on sovereignty vs. states' responsibility.' Book Notes
Series: Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law
Number Of Pages: 318
Published: 9th December 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2
Weight (kg): 0.467