Emerging Threats to Human Rights

Resources, Violence, and Deprivation of Citizenship

Edited by Heather Smith-Cannoy
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Publication: Jul 19

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288 pages
6 x 9
16 tables, 13 figs.

Understanding how emerging threats to human rights intersect with patterns of migration

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As widespread environmental degradation threatens the basic human rights of a large proportion of the world’s population, we are also confronting the worst migration crisis in the modern era. Emerging Threats to Human Rights searches among the interrelated causes of these overlapping crises. The editor and contributors to this timely anthology assess how environmental resources, state violence, and the deprivation of nationality/citizenship are linked to gain a better understanding of how human rights abuses intersect with patterns of migration.

As some refugees flee violence at home, they arrive in an asylum country only to experience violence at the hands of the native population. Likewise, those denied citizenship rights in their country become vulnerable to human traffickers and other rights violations when they flee.

Bringing together scholars of resource dilemmas, violence, and citizenship as well as lawyers and human rights practitioners, Emerging Threats to Human Rights begins by identifying the core causes of human rights violations confronting our world today. Chapters also consider whether and to what extent these emerging threats to human rights serve as drivers of displacement.

Contributors: Maximilian Aviles, Neil A. Englehart, Kerstin Fisk, Brian Frederking, Beatrice Lindstrom, Robert Mandel, Jeannette Money, Patricia C. Rodda, Michelle Scobie, Charles Anthony Smith, Shaina Western, and the editor


"The imperative behind seriously considering the mounting negative effects of climate change on human, animal, plant species and the environment not only calls for an urgent reconsideration of the choices governments, organizations and individual actors make, but security frameworks as well. Emerging Threats to Human Rights , edited by Heather Smith-Cannoy, does just that due to its interdisciplinary approach and the call to action that most of its chapters demand."
New Political Science

“This book is essential reading for anyone interested in learning more about present and emerging threats to the human rights of forcefully displaced migrants. The contributors, all experts in their fields, focus on important drivers of human flight across international borders—violations of human rights, climate change, and environmental degradation. They describe the negative responses migrants, refugees, and stateless peoples often face in destination countries, emphasizing the devastating human rights consequences of denying them a path to citizenship.
David Cingranelli, Professor of Political Science, Co-Director, Binghamton University Human Rights Institute, and co-author of Human Rights and Structural Adjustment

“This innovative volume brings together fresh perspectives on the conflict-environment-migration nexus and recenters rights analysis. It shows that despite the promises of the global rights regime, deprivation of citizenship is still the key driver of abuse of asylum seekers, settled refugees, and internally affected populations alike. Each chapter delivers solid empirical analysis of the critical rights challenges of our era and traces the patterns and responses to violence, displacement, and deprivation.”
Alison Brysk, Mellichamp Professor of Global Governance at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and author of The Struggle for Freedom from Fear: Contesting Violence against Women at the Frontiers of Globalization

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

Introduction: Emerging Threats to Human Rights • Heather Smith-Cannoy

Part I. Resources
1. Climate Change, Human Rights, and Migration • Michelle Scobie
2. Right to Water: Remedying Violations by Nonstate Actors • Beatrice Lindstrom
3. Protecting People or Land? Global Trade-Offs between Safeguarding Human Rights and Physical Environments • Robert Mandel

Part II . Violence
4. Out of the Fire, into the Frying Pan? Examining Violence against Forced Migrants in Africa • Kerstin Fisk
5. Human Security and the Perils of (Partial) Peace: Human Rights after Cease-Fires • Neil A. Englehart
6. Transitional Justice Mechanisms and Human Rights • Brian Frederking and Maximilian Aviles

Part III. Citizenship
7. Deprivation of Citizenship: An Examination of the Rohingya Refugee Crisis • Heather Smith-Cannoy
8. Challenges in Protection: Stateless Refugees and Victims of Human Trafficking in the European Union • Patricia C. Rodda and Charles Anthony Smith
9. The Fates of Survival Migrants: The Quality of Refuge • Jeannette Money and Shaina Western
Conclusion • Heather Smith-Cannoy


About the Author(s)

Heather Smith-Cannoy is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Arizona State University. She is the author of Insincere Commitments: Human Rights Treaties, Abusive States, and Citizen Activism.