Effects of Terrorism on Refugee Protection Essay

1493 Words Apr 20th, 2015 6 Pages
“Protection” in relation to Refugees is a concept that has many different faces and has not been conclusively defined. It involves a number of actors and approaches and appropriate protection measures depend on the circumstances and stages of a particular situation facing refugees. According to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) 2003 Global appeal the UNHCR’s International Protection function as derived from its statute and the 1951 convention relating to the status of refugees has evolved and expanded from what began as a surrogate for consular and diplomatic protection to include ensuring basic rights of refugees and their physical safety and security.
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According to the Meriam Webster dictionary terrorism may be defined as the use of violent acts to frighten people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal.
In order to understand the challenges of refugee protection in the context of terrorism, it is vital to revisit the definition of a refugee. The term refugee as contained in the 1951 United Nations Convention relating to status of refugees and its 1967 protocol relating to status of refugees defines refugee as an individual who: ‘owing to a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political affiliation, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable or owing to such fear is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.
The concept of refugees as people fleeing persecution is central to efforts to aid and protect them. They are victims of massive abuses of human rights. There are many challenges of refugee protection in the wake of terrorism. The 1951 convention relating to the status of refugees is key to refugee protection. The convention outlines the following rights of a refugee:

 Right not to be expelled except under certain strictly defined conditions
 Right not to be punished for illegal

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