The 1951 Refugee Convention


Human Wrongs Watch

The 1951 Refugee Convention is the key legal document that forms the basis of our work. Ratified​ by 145 State parties, it defines the term ‘refugee’ and outlines the rights of the displaced, as well as the legal obligations of States to protect them.*

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The 1951 Refugee Convention and 1967 Protocol

The most frequently asked questions about the treaty and its protocol.

About UsUNHCR Background

States Parties to the Convention and the Protocol – External links

Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees

Signing on Could Make all the Difference

A brochure on the benefits to governments of accession to the Refugee Convention.

Refugee ProtectionGlobal Consultations

Procedures for Becoming a State Party

A brochure on steps needed for a government to sign on to the Refugee Convention.

Refugee ProtectionGlobal Consultations

United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law

Historical archives of the United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, Geneva, 28 July 1951 and Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees, New York, 31 January 1967.

*SOURCE: UNHCR – The UN Refugee Agency. Go to ORIGINAL.

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