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Refugees, torture, and dehumanization 

Refugees, torture, and dehumanization
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Refugees, torture, and dehumanization
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Vladimir Jović

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10.1093/med/9780198833741.003.0041
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date: 18 May 2021

Refugees and migrants are often victims of dehumanization and torture. At the beginning of the last refugee crisis, Serbia became part of the so-called ‘Balkan route’, which was used by hundreds of thousands of refugees. In this contribution we argue that (i) war conflicts are characterized by violence toward civilians as a weapon of war; (ii) refugees can and do become victims of human rights abuses and torture both within combat and in countries of transit; (iii) violence towards refugees can be understood as a consequence of dehumanization, implicitly or explicitly fostered by authorities; (iv) the suffering of refugees cannot be modelled only according to post-traumatic stress disorder; and (v) human rights are inseparable from refugee experiences, both as a causative factor and as a factor of recovery.

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