Ad Hoc Committee on Statelessness and Related Problems, Corrigendum to the Proposal for a Draft Convention Submitted by France

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CHAPTER I Definitions

Article 1.

(1)   Subject to any supplementary decisions which may be taken by the General Assembly and to any special agreements which may be concluded between the signatories to the present Convention and the High Commissioner for Refugees in the spirit of paragraph 5 of the Preamble, the signatories to the present Convention recognize the status of refugee entitling him to the supreme protection of the United Nations to any person who:

(a)   seeking asylum or having been granted asylum under the conditions specified in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; or

(b)   having left his country of origin and refusing to return thereto owing to a justifiable fear of persecution, or having been unable to obtain from that country permission to return,

(c)   for either of the reasons indicated in sub-paragraph (b) above, is unwilling or unable to claim the protection of the said country;

(2)   No person to whom Article 14, paragraph 2 of the aforesaid Declaration is applicable shall be recognized as a refugee.

(3)   Any person acquiring the nationality of another country shall cease to be a refugee.


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