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Principle of Non-refoulement

Posted on : 13 Feb 2020

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  • Non-refoulement is a fundamental principle of international law that forbids a country receiving asylum seekers from returning them to a country in which they would be in likely danger of persecution based on "race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion".
  • Unlike political asylum, which applies to those who can prove a well-grounded fear of persecution based on certain category of persons, non-refoulement refers to the generic repatriation of people, including refugees into war zones and other disaster locales.
  • It is a principle of customary international law, as it applies even to states that are not partiesto the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees or its 1967 Protocol.
  •  It is also a principle of the Trucial law of nations.
  • History: The principle of non-refoulement arises out of an international collective memory of the failure of nations during World War II to provide a safe haven to refugees fleeing certain genocide at the hands of the Nazi regime.

Article Related Questions

  1. Which of the following statements is correct about the Principle of Non-refoulement?
    1.Principle of Non-refoulement forbids a country receiving asylum seekers from returning them to a country in which they would be in likely danger of persecution.
    2.The persecution has to be on the basis of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or even political opinion.
    3.The principle also applies to states that are not parties to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees or its 1967 Protocol.
    Choose the correct answer:

  2. 1.1 only

    2.1 and 2 only

    3.2 and 3 only

    4.1, 2 and 3

    Right Ans : 1, 2 and 3

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