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New Thematic Publications on Gender Issues; Asylum/Protection; and Statelessness

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

New Publications on Gender Issues

Action Research with Refugee Women: Good Practice and Solutions to Community Participation (IARS &IDRICS, 2013) [text]

“Becoming Queer Here: Integration and Adaptation Experiences of Sexual Minority Refugees in Toronto,” Refuge, vol. 28, no. 2 (2011) [open access text]

Blind Alleys: The Unseen Struggles of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Urban Refugees in Mexico, Uganda and South Africa (ORAM, Feb. 2013) [access]
– Part I is “Guidance for NGOs, Governments, UNHCR & Program Funders”; Part II is country findings (presented in three separate reports).

Guidelines on the Transposition of the Asylum Qualification Directive: Protecting LGBTI Asylum Seekers (ILGA Europe, 2012) [access]

UN Report Highlights Displaced Women and Girls’ Risk for Sexual Violence, Demands Greater Action to Help Survivors (AlertNet, March 2013) [text]

Women’s Asylum News, no. 116 (March/April 2013) [full-text via Refworld]
– Lead article is “Missed Out Campaign – Success.”

New Publications on Asylum/Protection

Lettres Actualités Droits-Libertés (Centre de Recherches et d’Etudes sur les Droits Fondamentaux) [access]
– Browse back issues of these legal analyses to locate a number that focus on asylum and refugee issues; examples of “Letters” published so far in 2013 include: “Consécration du visa de transit aéroportuaire (VTA) comme instrument de police de mise à distance des demandes d’asile“; “Droit d’asile: Le Conseil d’Etat aux prises avec les mutilations génitales féminines”; and “État des lieux alarmant des conditions d’accueil des demandeurs d’asile en France.”

New Network Monitors Abuses of Deportees (IRIN, March 2013) [text]
– Discusses the Fahamu Refugee Programme’s Post-Deportation Monitoring Network.

A Numbers Game: Counting Refugees and International Burden-Sharing, Tasmania, 19 Dec. 2012 [text]
– Public lecture.

Oral Update on the High Commissioner’s 2012 Dialogue on Protection Challenges: Faith and Protection, 56th Meeting of the Standing Committee, 5-7 March 2013 [text]
– See also related presentation.

Refuge, vol. 28, no. 2 (2013) [open access text]
– Special issue on “Is the 1951 Refugee Convention Outdated?”; includes three feature articles on refugee camps, urban refugee livelihoods, and protection in Ireland, respectively. These are followed by three focused sections on asylum policy in Canada, protection in South Africa, and CARFMS 2012 conference presentations.


Refuge from Inhumanity: Enriching Refugee Protection Standards through Recourse to International Humanitarian Law, Oxford, 11-12 Feb. 2013 [info]
– A podcast is available for “Panel VII: Perspectives on Protection against Refoulement under IHL.”

Refugee Protection Seminar Series, Oxford, 16 Jan.-6 March 2013 [info]
– Podcasts of the various presentations are available on FMO.

New Publications on Statelessness

Adopting the Stateless (SSRN, Feb. 2013) [text]
– “This article proposes a nexus of statelessness and intercountry adoption where legislation is put forward to adopt stateless individuals, particularly children. This article will analyze pending legislation for the adoption of North Korean stateless persons and recommend legislation to address broader issues of statelessness.”

Background Note on Gender Equality, Nationality Laws and Statelessness (UNHCR, updated March 2013) [text]
– Reviews laws in 29 countries which do not allow women to confer nationality to their children.

Debating the ‘Right to Citizenship’ (ENS Blog, March 2013) [text]
– Comment re. recent seminar on “The Right to Citizenship: Towards fuller implementation of Article 15 UDHR,” Maastricht, 7 March 2013.

Lost in the Forest: Stateless Children in Borneo’s Palm Oil Industry (Pulitzer Center, Jan. 2013) [access]
– Video report.

No Residence, No Rights (ENS Blog, March 2013) [text]
– Focuses on Serbia.

Statelessness and Citizenship: Camps and the Creation of ‘Political Space’, Oxford, 20 Feb. 2013 [access]
– Podcast of this seminar now available.



New Publications on Statelessness; Internal Displacement; and Protection-related Items

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

New Publications on Statelessness

Access to Citizenship and its Impact on Integration: Growing Attention on the Role of the European Union in Tackling Statelessness? (ENS Blog, Feb. 2013) [text]

The Humanitarian Side of Statelessness; Statelessness within the Framework of the Millennium Development Goals (SSRN, Feb. 2013)
– See also related comment on the Statelessness Programme blog.

Naturalization of Stateless Persons: The Standards of Facilitated Access to Citizenship (Statelessness Programme Blog, Feb. 2013) [text]

Paper Presented by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Collaboration with the Eugene Dupuch Law School to the Constitutional Commission of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas (UNHCR, Feb. 2013) [text]
– Includes recommendations for changes to Bahama’s Constitution that would help prevent and reduce statelessness.

Reflections on Thailand (1): A Protracted and Neglected Situation of Statelessness (Statelessness Programme Blog, Feb. 2013) [text]
– First in a series of posts about statelessness among ethnic minorities in Thailand.

“Statelessness in the Context of State Succession: An Appraisal under International Law,” Chapter 3 in The Changing Role of Nationality in International Law (Routledge, March 2013) [info]

*Statelessness Programme Annual Report 2012 (Tilburg University, Jan. 2013) [text]

UNHCR Applauds Jamaica for Signing the International Convention to Protect Individuals without a Nationality (UNHCR, Feb. 2013) [text]

New Publications on Internal Displacement

Analysis: Afghan Government Promises Rethink on IDPs (IRIN, Feb. 2013) [text]

Flocks without Shepherds? Governmentality, Sovereignty and the Paradoxical Politics of IDP Protection Policy, Oxford, 30 Jan. 2013 [podcast]

Internally Displaced Persons in the Georgian Labour Market (Tbilisi State University, May 2012) [text]

Kampala Convention Breaks New Ground for Protecting Internally Displaced Persons (Human Rights Brief Blog, Feb. 2013) [text]

Letter from Chaloka Beyani (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, Feb. 2013) [text]
– Produced monthly (see back issues), the latest letter report’s on the project’s 5-year strategic plan and notes Kenya’s new IDP Act.

Philippines Passes Historic Bill to Protect Internally Displaced (UNHCR, Feb. 2013) [text]

Taking Stock of Internal Displacement: Twenty Years On, Geneva, 28-29 November 2012 [text]
– Conference report.

New Publications on Protection-related Items

Assessment of Credibility in Refugee and Subsidiary Protection Claims under the EU Qualification Directive: Judicial Criteria and Standards (IARLJ, 2013) [text]

CGRS Helps Young Salvadoran Girl in Asylum Bid to Escape Gang Violence (UC Hastings College of the Law, Feb. 2013) [text]

Continuing Forms of Persecution: An Examination of United States Policy Concerning Female Genital Mutilation and the Chinese “One Child” Policy (Birdsong’s Law Blog, Feb. 2013) [text]

The Case for Mexican Asylum Seekers Fleeing Cartel Violence (Birdsong’s Law Blog, Feb. 2013) [text]

“Organization of African Unity and African Union Engagement with Refugee Protection: 1963–2011,” African Journal of International and Comparative Law, vol. 21, no. 1 (Feb. 2013) [extract]

“Temporary Protection, Derogation and the 1951 Refugee Convention,” Melbourne Journal of International Law, vol. 13, no. 2 (Nov. 2012) [full-text]

Too Much Pain: Female Genital Mutilation and Asylum in the European Union – A Statistical Overview (UNHCR, Feb. 2013) [text]






New Publications on Gender-based Persecution; Protection and the Middle East

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

Publications on Gender-based Persecution

“Domestic Violence as a Basis for Asylum: An Analysis of 206 Case Outcomes in the United States from 1994 to 2012,” Hastings Women’s Law Journal, vol. 24, no. 1 (2013) [text via SSRN]

“Gender-Based Persecution as a Basis for Asylum in the United States: Structural and Procedural Defects,” Impunity Watch, 2 May 2012 [text]

Gender Persecution and Refugee Law Reform in Canada (Battered Women’s Support Services, Oct. 2012) [text]

Gender Related Asylum Claims in Europe: A Comparative Analysis of Law, Policies and Practice Focusing on Women in Nine EU Member States (European Parliament, Nov. 2012) [text]
– Re-issued version of this May 2012 report.

“Give Us Your Weary but Not Your Battered: The Department of Homeland Security, Politics and Asylum for Victims of Domestic Violence,” Southwestern Journal of International Law, vol. 18, no. 1 (2012) [full-text]

“Persecution on Account of One’s Gender: Refugee Status or Status Quo?,”Feminists@Law, vol. 2, no. 1 (2012) [open access text]

Refugee Status in Canada: Gender-related Claims (Ontario Women’s Justice Network, Jan. 2013) [text]

Research project:

Gender Related Harms in Forced Migration: A Comparative International Study, University of Technology Sydney, 2012-2015 [info]
– See related news story.

Publications on Protection

Just Tell Us What Happened (Free Movement Blog, Feb. 2013) [text]
– Discusses the findings reported in “Just Tell Us What Happened to You: Autobiographical Memory and Seeking Asylum,” Applied Cognitive Psychology, vol. 26, no. 5 (Sept./Oct. 2012).

“The Scarlett Letter ‘T’: The Tier III Terrorist Classification’s Inconsistent and Ineffectual Effects on Asylum Relief for Members and Supporters of Pro-Democratic Groups,” Baltimore Law Review, vol. 41, no. 3 (Spring 2012) [full-text]

Understanding the New Refugee Determination System in Canada (Rabble.ca, Jan. 2013) [text via Oppenheimer Chair]

Publications on the Middle East

Becoming Refugees Once More: Palestinians from Syria Return to Gaza (IRIN, Feb. 2013) [text]

“Following the El Kott Judgment, Palestinians from Syria Applying for Asylum in the EU Should Be Granted Refugee Status Automatically,” ECRE Weekly Bulletin, 8 February 2013 [access]
– See also text of El Kott judgment and UNHCR’s oral intervention.

“The Internally Displaced Palestinians in Israel,” al-Majdal, no. 51 (Winter 2012) [full-text]

Misery Beyond the War Zone: Life for Syrian Refugees and Displaced Populations in Lebanon (MSF, Feb. 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Nutrition Assessment Report for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon, using SMART Methodology (UNICEF et al., Jan. 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Palestinian Christians: Ongoing Forcible Displacement and Dispossession… until When? (Badil & Kairos Palestine, Dec. 2012) [text]

“Spatialising the Refugee Camp,” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, vol. 38, no. 1 (Jan. 2013) [free full-text]

Syrian Arab Republic: Special Focus on the Humanitarian Situation of Palestine Refugees in Syria (UNRWA & OCHA, Feb. 2013) [text via PRRN Blog]

Publications on Housing; Gender & LGBT Matters; Protection; and Middle East/North Africa

Climate Displacement in Bangladesh: The Need for Urgent Housing, Land and Property Rights Solutions (Displacement Solutions, May 2012) [text]

From Shelter to Housing: Security of Tenure and Integration in Protracted Displacement Settings (Norwegian Refugee Council, Dec. 2011; posted May 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]
– See also related comment on TerraNullius.

“‘Home Tonight? What? Where?’ An Exploratory Study of the Meanings of House, Home and Family among the Former Vietnamese Refugees in a Canadian City,”Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung = Forum: Qualitative Social Research, vol. 13, no. 2 (2012) [open access text]

IDPs in Host Families and Host Communities: Assistance for Hosting Arrangements (UNHCR, April 2012) [text]

Frozen Words: Memory and Sexual Violence amongst Sudanese Refugee Women in Cairo, New Issues in Refugee Research, no. 240 (UNHCR, June 2012) [text]

Opening Doors: A Global Survey of NGO Attitudes towards LGBTI Refugees & Asylum Seekers (ORAM, June 2012) [text]

“A Question of Discretion: A Critical Analysis of New Legal and Evidentiary Hurdles for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) Asylum Seekers in the United Kingdom,” Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration, vol. 2, no. 1 (June 2012) [full-text]

Asylum under Threat: Assessing the Protection of Somali Refugees in Dadaab Refugee Camps and along the Migration Corridor (Danish Refugee Council, June 2012) [text]

Interim Eligibility Guidelines for Assessing the International Protection Needs of Asylum-Seekers from Côte d’Ivoire (UNHCR, June 2012) [text]

Is India a ‘Safe Third Country’ for a Bhutanese Citizen Seeking Asylum in the United States? (SSRN, Feb. 2012) [text]

Roundtable on Due Process Considerations relating to the Use of Country of Origin Information in Refugee Status Determination Procedures, London, 22 May 2012 [text]

Serbia as a Safe Country: Revisited (Hungarian Helsinki Committee, June 2012) [textvia Refworld]

Smuggling of Asylum-seekers and Criminal Justice, RLI Working Paper, no. 5 (Refugee Law Initiative, June 2012) [text]

The Arab Spring and Beyond: Summary of Recent Workshop (RSC, June 2012) [access]

“The Education of Adult Refugees in Cairo: Influences and Impacts,” Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration, vol. 2, no. 1 (June 2012) [full-text]

Frozen Words: Memory and Sexual Violence amongst Sudanese Refugee Women in Cairo, New Issues in Refugee Research, no. 240 (UNHCR, June 2012) [text]

Joint Needs Assessment of Sahrawi Refugees in Algeria, 4 to 14 October 2011 (WFP & UNHCR, 2011; posted 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

Life of a Refugee (American University in Cairo, May 2012) [access]
– Documentary of refugees seeking protection in Egypt.

North Africa and Displacement 2011-2012 [access]
– Focus of new issue of Forced Migration Review.

Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon (ANERA, June 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

The source for all of these publications was the Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog at: http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

Publications on Climate, Environment Displacement and Protection

Changing Climate, Changing Disasters: Pathways to Integration (Christian Aid et al., Jan. 2012) [textvia ReliefWeb] – See also related policy brief.

(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

“Climate Change and Conflict,” Special Issue of Journal of Peace Research, vol. 49, no. 1 (Jan. 2012) [contents](Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).
Climate Conversations: Questioning the Conflict Link (AlertNet, Jan. 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

Climate Refugees, Refugees or Under Own Protection?: A Comparative Study between Climate Refugees and Refugees Embraced by the United Nations Refugee Convention, Undergraduate thesis submitted to the Faculty of Social and Life Sciences (Karlstad University, 2011) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

Coping with Climate Change (IRIN, Jan. 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

“Critical Approaches to Environmental Displacement,” RSC Seminar Series 2012  Podcast [access]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

“Language Analysis in the United Kingdom’s Refugee Status Determination System: Seeing through Policy Claims about ‘Expert Knowledge’,” Ethnic and Racial Studies, Forthcoming Article, 3 Jan. 2012 [free full-text]

– See also related comment.
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

“Moving the Virtual Border to the Cellular Level: Mandatory DNA Testing and the U.S. Refugee Family Reunification Program,” California Law Review, vol. 99, no. 6 (Dec. 2011) [full-text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

“Observations on EXCOM’s 60th Session (2009): Does UNHCR Need (More) EXCOM Conclusions?,” Refuge, vol. 27, no. 2 (2010) [full-text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

Refugee Protection and International Migration: Achievements, Challenges and Lessons Learned from UNHCR’s 10-Point Plan Project (UNHCR, Jan. 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

They’re Not ‘Economic Migrants: Why Refugees and Asylum-seekers Have the Right to Work (Refugees and the Right to Work, Jan. 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

RSQ Table of Contents

Refugee Survey Quarterly

Refugee Survey Quarterly, Volume 30 Issue 4 December 2011: Protracted Displacement: The Challenges of Protection

The latest table of contents for the December 2011 issue of the journal Refugee Survey Quarterly has now been published on the Oxford Journals website.  This is for the latest thematic issue which is entitled, “Protracted Displacement: The Challenges of Protection”: (namely Volume 30, Number 4, December 2011).

Further details are as follows:


Roger Zetter

Unlocking the Protracted Displacement of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons: An Overview
Refugee Survey Quarterly 2011 30: 1-13; doi:10.1093/rsq/hdr015 [Full Text] [PDF]


Anna Lindley

Between a Protracted and a Crisis Situation: Policy Responses to Somali Refugees in Kenya
Refugee Survey Quarterly Advance Access published on November 13, 2011
Refugee Survey Quarterly 2011 30: 14-49; doi:10.1093/rsq/hdr013 [Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]

Dawn Chatty and Nisrine Mansour

Unlocking Protracted Displacement: An Iraqi Case Study
Refugee Survey Quarterly Advance Access published on November 3, 2011
Refugee Survey Quarterly 2011 30: 50-83; doi:10.1093/rsq/hdr012 [Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]

Megan Bradley

Unlocking Protracted Displacement: Central America’s “Success Story” Reconsidered
Refugee Survey Quarterly Advance Access published on November 3, 2011
Refugee Survey Quarterly 2011 30: 84-121; doi:10.1093/rsq/hdr011 [Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]


Refugee Survey Quarterly 2011 30: 122-133; doi:10.1093/rsq/hdr014 [Full Text] [PDF]

The below Table of Contents is available online at:

(Source: Oxford Journals).

Refugee Council Publish Short Film

Ram Gidoomal passport

Ram Gidoomal passport. Copyright - Refugee Council.

The Refugee Council has just published a new short film charting its own history in responding to refugee protection issues since 1951.  The film, “Protecting refugees: 60 years and beyond”, has been released to mark Human Rights Day which was on Saturday 10 December, and it also represents the culmination of the Refugee Council’s 60th anniversery celebrations in 2011.

The Refugee Council state that the film, “Protecting refugees: 60 years and beyond”, “features the testimonies and thoughts of refugees who fled conflicts around the world and rebuilt their lives in the UK, in each decade since 1951 – the year the charity came together to offer support and advice to refugees. With British actress Zoe Wanamaker narrating, the film features:

  • Bob Vertes, who arrived from Hungary in 1956
  • Ram Gidoomal, who arrived from Kenya in 1967
  • Pablo Aguirre, who arrived from Chile in 1976
  • Nyeya Yen, who arrived from Ghana in 1984
  • Nora Lupki, who arrived from Kosovo 1991
  • Rose Bazzie, who arrived from Liberia in 2004″
Rose with pic

Rose with pic. Copyright - Refugee Council.

To watch the film, visit the Refugee Council’s Youtube Channel. The film was directed by filmmaker Martin Scanlan and produced by Inside Job Productions.

Further information can be found on the Refugee Council’s press release – Refugee Council launches film celebrating protection of refugees since 1951.

New Publications on Forced Displacement, Refugee Protection, Syria, & others

Forced Displacement in Europe and Central Asia (World Bank, Oct. 2011) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog – http://fm-cab.blogspot.com/)

Mobilizing for Refugee Protection: Reflections on the 60th Anniversary of UNHCR and the 1951 Refugee Convention, New Issues in Refugee Research, no. 226 (UNHCR, Nov. 2011) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog – http://fm-cab.blogspot.com/)

Thailand: Buddhist minority declines in the `deep south’ due to protratced armed conflict.  A new report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, (IDMC).
[Download Report]
(Source: IDMC – http://www.internal-displacement.org/)

Syria: State policies and military actions continue to threaten further displacement.  A new report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, (IDMC).
[Download Report]
(Source: IDMC – http://www.internal-displacement.org/)

Promoting Livelihoods and Self-reliance: Operational Guidance on Refugee Protection and Solutions in Urban Areas (UNHCR, 2011) [text]
– Other operational guidance notes are listed in this post.
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog – http://fm-cab.blogspot.com/)

Recovery or Trapped in Poverty? The Economic Consequences of Forced Displacement in Northern Uganda, Paper presented at 4th Migration and Development Conference, Boston, 10-11 June 2011 [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog – http://fm-cab.blogspot.com/)

Q&A: Swiss Trumpet Blower for the Rights of the Internally Displaced (UNHCR, Nov. 2011) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog – http://fm-cab.blogspot.com/)

Applying Conflict Sensitivity in Emergency Response: Current Practice and Ways Forward, Network Paper, no. 70 (Humanitarian Practice Network, Oct. 2011) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog – http://fm-cab.blogspot.com/)

A Commentary on the September 2011 Eritrea Operational Guidance Note (ARC & Still Human, Still Here, Nov. 2011) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog – http://fm-cab.blogspot.com/)

Diaspora and Peacebuilding in Post-conflict Settings: Insights from Somaliland, Global Migration Research Paper, no. 2 (Programme for the Study of Global Migration, Nov. 2011) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog – http://fm-cab.blogspot.com/)

Donors Still Far from Transparent (IRIN, Nov. 2011) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog – http://fm-cab.blogspot.com/)

Mental Health Care for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Immigration Detention Centres (Mental Health Council of Australia, Nov. 2011) [text via BroCAP]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog – http://fm-cab.blogspot.com/)

UNHCR ExCom documents on protection

We would like to draw your attention to the following documents, which were released and posted on
UNHCR’s Refworld website in relation to the 59th (2008) session of UNHCR’s Executive Committee (ExCom):

Statement by Ms. Erika Feller, Assistant High Commissioner –
Protection, at the fifty-ninth session of the Executive Committee of the
High Commissioner’s Programme: “Protection makes a difference. It can
mean the difference”
8 October 2008

Note on International Protection
A/AC.96/1053, 30 June 2008

Preliminary Summary Report on Feedback by States on Their
Implementation of the Agenda for Protection
1 October 2008

More information on ExCom is available on the general UNHCR website at:
http://www.unhcr.org/excom. Other documentation of the 59th (2008)
session, besides the above-mentioned ones, is available at
http://www.unhcr.org/excom/486c900d2.html. The documents are also
available in French at http://www.unhcr.fr/excom.

In addition, we would like to highlight the following report, which was
presented at ExCom:

Refugee Realities: Meeting the needs of refugees and other people of
concern globally
October 2008

This is the pilot report for the annual Global Needs Assessment (GNA )
that UNHCR is launching in 2009, of its operations worldwide aimed at
comprehensively mapping the real state of the world’s refugees and
people of concern under its mandate. The pilot GNA used a methodology
drawn from UNHCR’s Strengthening Protection Capacity Project
(http://www.unhcr.org/spcp). More information is available on UNHCR’s
website at http://www.unhcr.org/gna.

We hope to have informed you. Previous alerts are available at
Web: http://www.refworld.org

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