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70th Anniversary of the Geneva Refugee Convention of 1951

Statement by

Coventry Asylum & Refugee Action group on the 70th Anniversary of the Geneva Refugee Convention of 1951. Seventy years ago today, Britain was one of the founding drafters of the Refugee Convention.



The 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol are the key legal documents that form the basis of our work. With 149 State parties to either or both, they define the term ‘refugee’ and outlines the rights of refugees, as well as the legal obligations of States to protect them.



Written into the Articles of the Convention and International Law was a promise to Humanity that wherever Despots reign through persecution and torture, our fellow Human beings were not restricted by borders to seek sanctuary. That they could flee and seek safety without prior authorisation because they were exercising their Right to Life and safety.


Millions of Jews died during the Holocaust because the world order as it was then required prior consent for Refugees to travel. The drafting of the Refugee Convention post the Holocaust & the 2nd World War was the World saying NEVER AGAIN.


Regrettably, on this 70th Anniversary, the UK Government is rowing back on this cardinal principle of International Law and flagrantly breaching its Treaty Obligations.