Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Briefing to the 59th Session of the UN Commission on Human Rights

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The Commission on Human Rights has not focused specifically on the human rights of asylum seekers and refugees, except as a part of its work on the human rights of non-nationals more generally. Human Rights Watch and others have consistently documented widespread and egregious human rights abuses that asylum seekers and refugees regularly face, often because governments do not recognize that they must be guaranteed rights under international human rights law as well as the 1951 Refugee Convention. We believe it is essential that the Commission adopt a specific resolution affirming the human rights of refugees and asylum seekers.

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