A Human Rights-based Approach to Disaster Displacement in the Asia-Pacific
Published online by Cambridge University Press: 26 August 2015
This paper analyzes the application of rights-based approaches to disaster displacement in the Asia-Pacific region in order to assess whether the current framework is sufficient to protect the rights of internally displaced persons. It identifies that disaster-induced displacement is increasingly prevalent in the region and that economic and social conditions in many countries mean that the impact of displacement is often prolonged and more severe. The paper identifies the relevant human rights principles which apply in the context of disaster-induced displacement and examines their implementation in a number of soft-law instruments. While it identifies shortcomings in implementation and enforcement, the paper concludes that a rights-based approach could be enhanced by greater engagement with existing human rights treaties and greater implementation of soft-law principles, and that no new instrument is required.
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Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Australia.
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Australia. The authors wish to acknowledge the research assistance of Gail Shearer and thank an anonymous reviewer for the very helpful comments on a previous draft. All remaining errors or inadequacies are our own.
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