The Expulsion of Resident Colombian Nationals during the Colombia-Venezuela Border Dispute: An “Under the Radar” Case for Diplomatic Protection of Human Rights?

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Abstract

While International Humanitarian, Refugee and Human Rights Law are frequently resorted to in the search for remedies for human rights violations, the Public International Law remedy of Diplomatic Protection is often forgotten, perhaps because there are few cases fitting the legal requirements for that remedy. The Venezuelan expulsions and property confiscations in 2015 and 2017 of Colombian residents without due process and, frequently, with violence may provide a useful example of an appropriate case for Diplomatic Protection arising within the context of a forced expulsion of an identifiable nationality. The following article, result of a research project regarding international law enforceability, reviews the current law on Diplomatic Protection and, within the context of a factual survey of the treatment of Colombian nationals by Venezuela, undertakes an analysis as to whether the facts of the case in fact give rise to a remedy of Diplomatic Protection. Effectively, the article argues in favour of the availability of this remedy as an option for the Colombian government.
Translated title of the contributionLa expulsión de residentes colombianos durante la crisis fronteriza entre Colombia y Venezuela: un caso inexplorado para la protección diplomática de derechos humanos
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalVniversitas
Issue number138
DOIs
StatePublished - May 30 2019

Concepts

  • Concept
  • Diplomatic Protection
  • State Responsibility
  • Internationally Wrongful Act
  • Remedy
  • Nationality

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