Guidelines for the Protection of People Fleeing Violence and Conflict

(cross-posted from the Forced Migration Current Awareness blog)

In his introductory statement to the 54th meeting of EXCOM’s Standing Committee, the director of UNHCR’s Division of International Protection referenced the evolving and complex nature of armed conflict and violence. In the interest of determining how best to protect those who flee from such situations, he noted that

…UNHCR will develop guidelines on how international and regional refugee instruments apply to people fleeing violence and conflict across international borders. They will also identify in detail those who may not necessarily be covered by existing instruments and explore possible alternative frameworks or approaches in such instances. This research thus fits within broader discussions on protection gaps and temporary protection that we looked at as part of the commemorations cycle (p. 11).

Three papers that have been published so far in this context include:
– The Causes, Character and Conduct of Armed Conflict, and the Effects on Civilian Populations, 1990-2010 (UNHCR, April 2012) [text]
– The 1951 Refugee Convention and the Protection of People Fleeing Armed Conflict and Other Situations of Violence (UNHCR, Sept. 2012) [text]
– Women and Girls Fleeing Conflict: Gender and the Interpretation and Application of the 1951 Refugee Convention (UNHCR, Sept. 2012) [text]

These titles have been issued as part of the Legal and Protection Policy Research Series.


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