Beyond Non-Refoulement: Status and International Human Rights Law

Thursday, July 30, 2015

1. Introduction

Refugees enjoy a distinct and unique standard of protection under international law within the framework of the international regime for the protection of refugees, which is based on the 1951 UN Convention on the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol. These instruments do not include one of the most fundamental rights of refugees, namely, the right to be granted asylum, an essential premise for the enjoyment of other rights. The drafters of the Refugee Convention were well aware that refugees could find themselves without a country of asylum and...