Is there an Obligation on States to Accept International Humanitarian Assistance to Internally Displaced Persons under International Law?
Author: Luopajärvi, Katja
Source: International Journal of Refugee Law, Volume 15, Number 4, October 2003 , pp. 678-714(37)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Abstract:As internal displacement often occurs as a result of systematic human rights violations, internal strife or armed conflicts, the capacity and/or willingness of the government concerned to provide assistance and protection to the IDPs is often doubtful. Thus, a state may not request help, or reject offers of assistance to its displaced population. Questions therefore arise as to whether and when the international community can provide either surrogate or complementary assistance to the internally displaced without the consent of the government concerned. By focusing on an analysis of the scope and content of the existing norms relating to state obligations to accept offers of international humanitarian assistance, this article attempts to clarify how international law addresses the questions relating to state obligations to accept international assistance to IDPs.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: October 2003
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