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Realistic yet humanitarian? The comprehensive plan of action and refugee policy in Southeast Asia

Davies, Sara (2008) Realistic yet humanitarian? The comprehensive plan of action and refugee policy in Southeast Asia. International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, 8(2), pp. 191-217.

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Abstract

The 1989 Comprehensive Plan of Action (CPA) has recently been described as a successful example of how to manage large protracted refugee flows. However, this article revisits the circumstances surrounding the CPA used to resolve the prolonged Indo-Chinese refugee crisis to highlight that part of its development was linked to the fact that Southeast Asian states refused to engage with proposed solutions, which did not include repatriation for the majority of the Indo-Chinese asylum seekers who were deemed to be ‘non-genuine’1 ( UNGA, 1989a) refugees. This resulted in the CPA often forcibly repatriating ‘non-genuine’ refugees, particularly near the end of its program. This article reviews the CPA in order to assess whether its practices and results should be repeated.

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ID Code: 30664
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: international refugee law, UNHCR, ASEAN
DOI: 10.1093/irap/lcm025
ISSN: 1470-482X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > International Relations (160607)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Deposited On: 12 Feb 2010 22:44
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2014 11:59

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