Title

Self-Determination, Statehood, and the Refugee Question under International Law in Namibia, Palestine, Western Sahara, and Tibet

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2014

Publisher

Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Language

en-US

Abstract

The chapter addresses the significance of the legal framework established by the UN for resolution of the core issues underlying the conflicts in South West Africa/Namibia, Palestine, Western Sahara and Tibet. The chapter examines what elements were present in the UN framework for self-determination in Namibia that contributed to Namibia's ultimate independence and the solution of its refugee problem that are present or absent in the cases of Palestine, W. Sahara and Tibet. The chapter will conclude with examining which of these elements appears necessary to resolving the ongoing refugee problem in each of these cases, suggesting the utility of various strategies to build on the Namibia precedent.

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