This Article advocates for better access to justice and a more
comprehensive accountability system in refugee camps. Refugee women
are frequently subject to sexual violence and sexual exploitation in the
country of refuge, and find themselves without ways of redressing these
fundamental rights violations. This Article uses the sexual violence and
sexual exploitation that was documented in refugee camps in Guinea in
2002 as an illustrative case study of the protection problems faced by
refugee women in many parts of the world. The author argues that the
host government, UNHCR, and various non-governmental organizations
operated together to fulfill state-like functions in long-term refugee
camps, but their efforts left accountability, access to justice, and
enforcement of women's human rights laws sorely lacking. The
movement toward rights based refuge -embraced in varying forms by the
aid providers in Guinea - provides a theoretical and practical framework
for greater rights recognition, but has not yet delivered a complete
response to the specific human rights violations faced by refugee women.
If rights-based refuge is to succeed in refugee settings like Guinea, aid
providers must make the protection of women's human rights a central
concern by instituting a robust, multi-layered system of accountability to
which all refugee women have access.
"Refugee Responses, State-like Behavior, and Accountability for Human Rights Violations: A Case Study of Sexual Violence in Guinea's Refugee Camps,"
Yale Human Rights and Development Journal:
1, Article 2.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/yhrdlj/vol9/iss1/2