Rights in Exile: Janus-faced Humanitarianism
Of the estimated 12 million refugees in the world, more than 7 million have been confined to camps, effectively "warehoused," in some cases, for 10 years or more. Holding refugees in camps was anathema to the founders of the refugee protection regime. Today, with most refugees encamped in the less developed parts of the world, the humanitarian apparatus has been transformed into a custodial regime for innocent people. Based on rich ethnographic data,Rights in Exileexposes the gap between human rights norms and the mandates of international organisations, on the one hand, and the reality on the ground, on the other. It will be of wide interest to social scientists, and to human rights and international law scholars. Policy makers, donor governments and humanitarian organizations, especially those adopting a "rights-based" approach, will also find it an invaluable resource. But it is the refugees themselves who could benefit the most if these actors absorb its lessons and apply them.
Guglielmo Verdirameis a Lecturer in Law at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College. He is also the author of a forthcoming book on the accountability of the United Nations.
Barbara Harrell-Bond, Founding director of the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, has, after retirement, been Visiting Professor at Makerere University and at the American University in Cairo. In 1996, she received the Distinguished Service Award of the American Anthropological Association. She is the author ofImposing Aid(Oxford, 1986).
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Refugee Law and Policy in Kenya and Uganda
The legal framework in Uganda
Refugee policy in Kenya
Refugee policy in Uganda
Refugee lawmaking in fits and starts
The OAU Convention and group recognition
Right to life
Freedom from torture and from cruel inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
Freedom from slavery and forced labour and the violation of other labour standards
Liberty and security of the person
Freedom of movement
Access to courts and right to fair trial
Privacy and family life
Freedom of expression thought conscience and religion and freedom of assembly and association
standards and procedures
Legal hurdles to admission
Ordeals of arrival
New arrivals and local people
StatusDetermination Procedures and when you go to UNHCR pray
Procedural standards in status determination
Who is in charge?
The role of NGOs
Standards of evidence
Civil and Political Rights
Economic Social and Cultural Rights
An adequate standard of living
The highest attainable standard of physical and mental health
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