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This article examines the ramifications of international law on political refugees. The Cessation Clause, or Article 35 of the 1951 Refugee Convention of the United Nations, guarantees the right of refugees to return home under the assumption that return is the primary objective of refugees. Yet, Harrell-Bond argues in this article that few refugees voluntarily repatriate by examining closely the case of Rwandan Hutu refugees in Uganda in the 1990s and 2000s. Rather than protect refugees, the article explores the many ways the Rwandan government has used the Cessation Clause in order to forcefully re-patriate opponents of the regime.

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