Haitian Boat Interdiction and Return: First Asylum and First Principles of Refugee Protection

Frelick, Bill
July 1993
Cornell International Law Journal;Symposium93, Vol. 26 Issue 3, p675
Academic Journal
The article examines the damage done to the concept of first asylum by the government's policy on Haitian asylum seekers in the U.S. It contends that the damage has weakened the fundamental principles of refugee rights and the country's moral authority in protecting the rights of refugees around the world. It also analyzes the notion of the first asylum as well as some obligations for states with mass refugee flow. Moreover, several recommendations to effectively involve other countries in the region in providing asylum to these Haitian refugees are given.


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