Of the estimated 12 million refugees in the world, more than 7 million have been confined to camps, effectively qwarehoused, q 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 qrights-basedq 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).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.
|Title||:||Rights in Exile|
|Author||:||Guglielmo Verdirame, Barbara E. Harrell-Bond|
|Publisher||:||Berghahn Books - 2005|