Public health and WASH / Non-signatory States and the international refugee regime
Marion Couldrey, Alice Philip (eds)
FMR issue 67’s main feature on Public health and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) explores challenges, responses and innovations across a wide range of settings. A second feature focuses on Non-signatory States and the international refugee regime. Public health and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) have rarely been as much in the spotlight as they have been since the global COVID-19 pandemic began in late 2019, making our main feature particularly timely. Although a number of articles focus on the pandemic, this feature covers a broader range of topics, from practical improvements to WASH services in camp settings to community engagement around health issues in displacement crises. The second feature focuses on non-signatory States and the international refugee regime, with authors examining the implications for protection when States are not signatories to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (and/or its 1967 Protocol). In particular, authors explore the role of UNHCR, civil society and legal actors in facilitating access to protection in States such as Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Thailand, Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon.