Title

UNRWA and Palestinian Refugees

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2014

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Language

en-US

Abstract

The chapter (Chapter 18) explores the central role of the UN and its subsidiary agencies, particularly the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in the Palestinian refugee problem, especially on the right to durable solutions. The UN established a special regime comprising two agencies, the United Nations Conciliation Commission on Palestine (UNCCP) and UNRWA, with shared but distinct international obligations towards the displaced Palestinian population. Consequently, the UN decided to exclude Palestinians from the 'universal' refugee regime incorporated in the 1950 UNHCR Statute and the 1951 Refugee Convention. This chapter explores how the key protection of durable solutions has been severed from the refugee definition, and the consequences of relegating Palestinians to weak and widely disparate rights protections around the world.

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