Crisis in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Myth of Preventive Protection

Michael Barutciski


The concept of "preventive protection"
(or preventive diplomacy) has
been used by UNHCR in recent years
to help justify its shift of focus from
external asylum to internal assistance.
In the case of the former Yugoslav Republic
of Bosnia-Herzegovina, it is inappropriate
for the powerful states
that control UNHCR1 to speak of preventive
protection when their foreign
policy had more to do with geopolitical
objectives than with finding a solution
that could have realistically
helped avert the war. This article
presents selected legal problems that
help in understanding the armed conflict
in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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