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Internal Displacement in South Asia
Internal Displacement in South Asia

Internal Displacement in South Asia

by Paula Banerjee

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English

Publisher

Sage Publications

ISBN

0761933298 - Year: 2005 - Pages: 370

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Paperback

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Author: Paula Banerjee
Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury/Samir Kumar Das
Editor(s): Paula Banerjee / Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury
Publisher: Sage Publications
Year: 2005
Language: English
Pages: 370
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0761933298

Description

Recent decades have witnessed an enormous increase in the number of internally displaced people (IDPs) in South Asia. These are the people who have been forcibly displaced due to violence, war, natural disasters or development projects. The vulnerability of IDPs is compounded because, unlike refugees, they are confined to the state within which they were forced to migrate, and do not get the international legal protection that international refugee laws provide for refugees. This paucity of legal mechanisms to govern their rehabilitation and care in South Asia has added to the gravity of this humanitarian disaster.

This volume is a sequel to the earlier volume published by Sage, Refugees and the State. While that volume deals with refugee flows, this volume presents a comprehensive analysis of the phenomenon of internal displacement in the light of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement. It does this through detailed case studies of seven countries-India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma and Afghanistan. It examines various legal and administrative practices prevalent in these countries in terms of care, protection and justice. By highlighting the gender dimension and combining a political perspective with a close study of international and national legal norms and administrative practices, the contributors provide a comparative understanding of internal displacement in the entire South Asian region. With the help of the UN Guiding Principles, they also suggest crucial policy measures that will help countries deal with this major, yet largely un-noticed, humanitarian disaster.

The first of its kind and with its strongly analytical and legal perspective covering the entire South Asian region, this incisive and timely compendium will be of great interest to policy makers, human rights activists, jurists, and scholars and students of politics, international relations, migration, sociology, social anthropology, law and history.

Contents

FOREWORD
ROBERTA COHEN and FRANCIS DENG

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

INTRODUCTION
PAULA BANERJEE, SABYASACHI BASU RAY CHAUDHURY and SAMIR KUMAR DAS

Afghanistan: The Long Way Home
MOSSARAT QADEEM

Pakistan: Development and Disaster
ATTA UR REHMAN SHEIKH

India: Homelessness at Home
SAMIR KUMAR DAS

India’s Northeast: Nobody’s People in No-Man’s-Land
SUBIR BHAUMIK

Bangladesh: Displaced and Dispossessed
MEGHNA GUHATHAKURTA and SURAIYA BEGUM

Burma: Escape to Ordeal
SABYASACHI BASU RAY CHAUDHURY

Nepal: A Problem Unprepared For
MANESH SRESHTHA and BISHNU ADHIKARI

Sri Lanka: A Profile of Vulnerability
JOE WILLIAM

Resisting Erasure: Women IDPs in South Asia
PAULA BANERJEE

Epilogue: International Law on the Internally Displaced Persons
DAVID FISHER

APPENDIX

NOTES ON EDITORS AND CONTRIBUTORS

INDEX

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