International: Information on the rights and privileges which are to be granted to persons recognized as Convention refugees by countries which have signed the Convention
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 January 1993|
|Citation / Document Symbol||ZZZ12704|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, International: Information on the rights and privileges which are to be granted to persons recognized as Convention refugees by countries which have signed the Convention, 1 January 1993, ZZZ12704, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6abc124.html [accessed 23 May 2013]|
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According to an official of the UNHCR in Ottawa, obligation is implied on behalf of member states whenever the word "shall" is used in the 1951 Convention or the 1967 Protocol (See Handbook, pp. 57-85). These obligations include: admission; no penalties for illegal entry; non-refoulement principle; no discrimination; provision of all necessary assistance; and an undertaking to assist the refugee in achieving a durable solution to his/her situation (4 January 1993).
The official further stated that all states have obligations under the International Human Rights Law whether they have signed the Convention or not.
The DIRB is unable to corroborate this information at the present time.
UNHCR. 1979. Handbook on Procedures and Criteria for Determining Refugee Status. Geneva: UNHCR.
UNHCR, Ottawa. 4 January 1993. Telephone Interview with Official.