A Heightened Use of Bilateral Agreement as a Paradigm of Doing Justice by the Refugees and the Host Communities in the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework
22 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2018
Date Written: February 4, 2018
The revolutionary nature of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants and the validation of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework is in the international community’s cooperative spirit, in the reaffirmation of principles of refugee protection and in the drawing together of actors and partners in a multi-stakeholder approach with the purpose of addressing protracted refugee situations more effectively. This approach, which encompasses governments, UN organisations, the private sector, civil society, non-governmental and academics among others, introduces a robust and inclusive way of sharing responsibility that is intended to guarantee that refugees and migrants are treated fairly and in accordance with international refugee law and human rights principles in general. Hence, this article in joining this inclusive pathway proposes a stronger and heightened use of bilateral agreements that expressly require that recipient governments must apportion a certain amount of related activity for the benefit of refugee communities within their territories. It argues that a heightened use of bilateral agreements is already evident in the Declaration and ongoing processes. It also suggests that to guarantee effective use of this mechanism, accountability and transparency are essential and must be included in the agreements. The article holds that if this form of participation is efficiently done, it can guarantee results in diverse areas for the refugees and host communities.
Keywords: New York Declaration, Comprehensive Refugee Framework, Protection, Sustainable Durable Solutions, Sustainable development, Multi-Stakeholder approach, Heightened Bilateral Agreements, Human Rights
JEL Classification: F53, Z1, Z28, H84
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