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After The 1979 Conference: The Early 1980s

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This chapter assesses the on-going response to the refugee crisis immediately after the 1979 Conference. It explores the immediate aftermath of the 1979 Conference and demonstrates that Southeast Asian states remained determined to ensure that the international community maintained their promise of resettlement and assistance. It then investigates the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' (UNHCR's) attempts to encourage the region to create its own refugee protection regime. However, Southeast Asian states resisted this move and declared that what they were already doing was more than enough. The chapter finally examines the UNHCR's abandonment of the idea of a regional protection regime and reversion back to its traditional practice of encouraging individual states to accede to the 1951 Convention and 1967 Protocol.

Keywords:1951 Convention; 1967 Protocol; 1979 Conference; international community; refugee protection regime; Southeast Asian states; United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees



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