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Humanitarian Law in Action within Africa$
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Jennifer Moore

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199856961

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199856961.001.0001

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International Refugee Law

International Refugee Law

Protection for Individuals Fleeing Persecution and Armed Conflict

(p.153) Chapter 5 International Refugee Law
Humanitarian Law in Action within Africa

Jennifer Moore

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines international refugee law and its role in giving protection to people fleeing persecution and armed conflict, with particular emphasis on the legal status of civil war refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs). Focusing specially on Africa, the chapter first charts the evolution of international refugee law and practice before turning to a discussion of claims to protection and assistance of individuals fleeing the pervasive violence of civil war and widespread deprivations of human rights, both within and across national boundaries. It then considers international treaties on the status of refugees, regional instruments concerning refugees, and emergent law on IDPs. Finally, it explores the ways refugee law complements and supplements humanitarian law, human rights law, and international criminal law in seeking to resolve the causes, as well as treat the symptoms, of armed conflict and repression.

Keywords:   international refugee law, persecution, armed conflict, civil war refugees, internally displaced persons, Africa, human rights, international treaties, humanitarian law

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