Housing, Land, and Property Rights in Post-Conflict United Nations and Other Peace Operations: A Comparative Survey and Proposal for Reform

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Scott Leckie
Cambridge University Press, 2009 - Business & Economics - 372 pages
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For more than sixty years, the blue helmets of the United Nations peacekeeping missions have come to symbolize both the promise and the fragility of the UN. Though beset with unresolved conflicts, underfunded, and invariably burdened with sentiments of over-expectation, UN peace operations have made a difference with their 'peacebuilding' initiatives. While peacebuilding has been extensively analysed and critiqued, the UN's role in addressing and ameliorating housing, land, and property rights challenges has not. This volume seeks to fill the void by examining the UN's experience grappling with the immense and inevitable housing, land, and property rights crises that emerge in all countries during and after conflict. Through analysis of UN peace missions in Burundi, Cambodia, Iraq, Kosovo, Rwanda, Sudan and elsewhere, this volume provides a unique array of perspectives on what the UN has done right, what it has done wrong, and what it should do in the future.
 

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Contents

United Nations Peace Operations and Housing Land and Property Rights in PostConflict Settings
3
CASE STUDIES
17
Stability Justice and Rights in the Wake of the Cold War
19
The Response of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo to Address Property Rights Challenges
61
Balancing Rights and Norms
103
Housing Land and Property Restitution Rights in Afghanistan
136
Peacekeeping and HLP Rights in the Great Lakes Region of Africa
179
The Trouble with Iraq
220
Sudans Comprehensive Peace Agreement
260
The Impacts of UN Peace Operations on Local Housing Markets
310
CONCLUSIONS
327
Possible Components of a Unified Global Policy on Housing Land and Property Rights in UN Peace Operations
329
Index
357
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Scott Leckie is an international human rights lawyer, advocate, and researcher with twenty years experience in the international protection and promotion of human rights in more than 65 countries. He is Director of Displacement Solutions, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to resolving cases of forced displacement throughout the world. He is Founder and Special Advisor to the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) and Founder and Director of Oneness World Foundation, which supports projects promoting a post-nation-state world. He has worked for a range of United Nations and other inter-governmental agencies, including the UN Mission in Kosovo, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Habitat Programme, the UN Development Programme, the World Bank, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and the Council on Europe. He has written more than 150 books, articles, and reports on housing rights, forced evictions, property restitution for refugees, and other human rights themes.

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