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Definition of Non-refoulement

Non-refoulement Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
European Commission Glossary of Justice and home affairs
The key principle of international refugee law, which requires that no State shall return a refugee in any manner to a country where his or her life or freedom may be endangered. The principle also encompasses non-rejection at the frontier. Its provision is contained in Article 33 of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and constitutes the legal basis for States’ obligation to provide international protection to those in need of it. Article 33(1) reads as follows: ‘No Contracting State shall expel or return (refouler) a refugee in any manner whatsoever to the frontiers of territories where his life or freedom would be threatened on account of his race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion’. This principle was endorsed at the Tampere European Council in October 1999 in paragraph 13 of the conclusions. Article 3 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, in the light of the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights and Article 3 of the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane and Degrading Treatment or Punishment, are also considered as bases for ‘non-refoulement’ obligations. (See Asylum)
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Non-refoulement Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Non-refoulement is a principle of international law which forbids the rendering of a true victim of persecution to their persecutor. Generally the persecutor in mind is a state actor. It is a principle of both the customary and trucial law of nations.

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