World political reaction to the Southeast Asian refugee crisis has not asserted the refugees' human rights under international law. As a result, most of the refugees lack security from forcible return to the conditions they fled. They would have that security if the world powers act instead to implement non-refoulement, an established moral principle that arguably has attained the status of customary international law.
Brian Roberts, Can the Boat People Assert a Right to Remain in Asylum?, 4 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 176 (1980).