The For International Refugee Law

1938 Words Dec 14th, 2015 8 Pages
In order for International refugee law to function and satisfactorily benefit the people it has challenged state sovereignty in some aspects. Regardless of the enforcement laws signatory states have been able to keep authority over the flow of refugees individually keeping their territorial supremacy. In my opinion refugee law has not challenged the principle of state sovereignty enough as some people still seem to fall within the cracks and are not afforded protection. States are still refusing to to give a little of their power away in order to protect human rights. This essay is going to be discussing the 1951 convention, internally displaced persons and the concept of non-refoulement in relation to the protection for forced migrants.

1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees (Refugee Convention)

The 1951 refugee convention is the main law when it comes to status the definition. The original document had geographical and temporal restrictions and in 1967 they were removed in attempt to make it more universal and allow the law to grow. The definition encompasses a few rules that need to be satisfied in order to establish that a asylum seeker can qualify for refugee status. Those being “owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection…
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