Crisis in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Myth of Preventive Protection

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  • Michael Barutciski

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.25071/1920-7336.21818

Abstract

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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Published

1994-06-01

How to Cite

Barutciski, M. (1994). Crisis in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Myth of Preventive Protection. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 14(3), 27–29. https://doi.org/10.25071/1920-7336.21818

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