chapter  7
Forcible displacement as a weapon of war in the Syrian conflict
Lessons and developments
ByYasmine Nahlawi
Pages 30

Forcible displacement in Syria has constituted not only a side-effect, but also a deliberate strategy, of the ongoing war. This chapter examines the ‘evacuations’ of the Daraya and East Aleppo in August and December 2016 as two major cases in which such a strategy was manifested. The chapter evaluates these ‘evacuations’ with reference to IHL and IHRL norms, international case law, as well as State practice; critically assesses the role assumed by the UN in each one; and identifies gaps within the current legal frameworks pertaining to the right not to be displaced as well as the rights of the displaced.