docr- 547

05/09/2017
lisa monaghan

Non-Refoulement in the Context of Internal Displacement

This publication examines the principle of non-refoulement in the context of internal displacement, and draws on aspects of international and regional law that address the principle of “no-return.” The paper uses the experience of South Sudan (where over 200,000 internally displaced persons are currently seeking protection in UN peacekeeping bases) as a case study. The opinion piece explores the territorial dimensions associated with non-refoulement under the relevant bodies of law, while the South Sudan example adds further complexity of a situation in which the de facto duty-bearer for upholding non-refoulement in the so-called Protection of Civilians (POC) sites is an international organization – UNMISS – rather than a state.

Category: Legal, Protection and Coordination Tools

Sub-category: Displacement and Protection of Civilian Sites, United Nations, UNMISS and Peacekeeping