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Addendum to the Principles Concerning Treatment of Refugees

Publisher Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO)
Publication Date 27 January 1970
Cite as Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO), Addendum to the Principles Concerning Treatment of Refugees, 27 January 1970, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6b381a0.html [accessed 22 September 2014]
Comments Adopted by the Asian-African Legal Consultative Committee in New Delhi on 27 January 1970. Text: Report of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Committee at its 11th Session. Note: The Addendum was adopted by the Committee subject to reservations made by the Delegates of India and Ghana regarding the universal application of the principles contained in the Addendum as recorded in the minutes of the Sixth and Seventh Meetings of the Committee.
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Whereas it appears to the Committee on further consideration that the Principles adopted at its Session held in Bangkok in 1966 mainly contemplated the status of what may be called political refugees who have been deprived of the protection of their own Government and do not provide adequately for the case of other refugees or displaced persons;

And whereas the Committee considers that such other refugees or displaced persons should enjoy the benefit of protection of the nature afforded by Articles IV and V of those Principles;

Now therefore, the Committee at its Eleventh Session held in Accra between 19 and 29 January 1970 resolves as follows:

1. Any person who because of foreign domination, external aggression or occupation has left his habitual place of residence, or being outside such place desires to return thereto but is prevented from so doing by the Government or authorities in control of such place of his habitual residence from which he was displaced.

2. It shall accordingly be the duty of the Government or authorities in control of such place of habitual residence to facilitate, by all means at their disposal, the return of all such persons as are referred to in the foregoing paragraph, and the restitution of their property to them.

3. This natural right of return shall also be enjoyed and facilitated to the same extent as stated above in respect of the dependents of all such persons as are referred to in paragraph 1 above.

4. Where such person does not desire to return, he shall be entitled to prompt and full compensation by the Government or the authorities in control of such place of habitual residence as determined, in the absence of agreement by the parties concerned, by an international body designated or constituted for the purpose by the Secretary-General of the United Nations at the request of either party.

5. If the status of such a person is disputed by the Government or authorities in control of such place of habitual residence, or if any other dispute arises, such matter shall also be determined, in the absence of agreement by the parties concerned, by an international body designated or constituted as specified in paragraph 4 above.

N. Y:B. Adade

President

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