The International Protection of Internally Displaced Persons

by Catherine Phuong

Series: Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law (No. 38)

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.

In The Press

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