“We Don’t Want Them Back”: Balancing the Rights of Displaced, Returning, and Remaining Populations in the Aftermath of ISIS in Ninewa, Iraq


A returns-based approach to remedying internal displacement in Iraq casts a spectre on the overall viability and practicality of a return to the pre-conflict status quo ante that contributed to the rise of conflict to begin with. Interviews from the field in northern Ninewa Governorate raise critical questions related to mitigating the competing rights and protection needs of those families still displaced and those who will have to take them back in the absence of more focused policy and programming related to social cohesion, redress, and accountability.

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