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Defining the scope of responsibilities: the Great Lakes region

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Speaker(s): Judy Cheng-Hopkins, Dr Chaloka Beyani; Dr Susan Breau

Recorded on 18 March 2008 in U8, Tower One.

The return and reintegration of refugees and IDPs is one of the most pressing challenges faced by the international community today. Recently back from a visit to the Great Lakes region, UNHCR's Assistant High Commissioner for Operations will discuss the local settlement of refugees in Tanzania and the return and reintegration of refugees in Burundi. Dr Chaloka Beyani, Legal Advisor to the Secretariat of the International Conference on the Great Lakes, will situate this problem within the Great Lakes Pact. The Pact sets out a holistic legal framework in which this problem is treated as just one component of establishing peace and security in the region. Dr Susan Breau, a Reader in public international law and expert in the field, will explore the interface between the 'responsibility to protect' doctrine and peacekeeping, including the facilitation of the voluntary return of refugees and IDPs.

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