Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Reaffirming Protection: Strengthening Asylum in the United States Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention

A Dialogue Event Sponsored By United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Regional Office in Washington, DC, Human Rights First, Georgetown Law, Human Rights Institute

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 Conference at Georgetown Law

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Evening Reception hosted by Jones Day

SPACE IS LIMITED – Please RSVP to Katie Ryan at ryan@unhcr.org.

The year 2011 marks the 60th Anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, the touchstone for governments and civil society in protecting the rights of refugees and asylum seekers. The United States was among the leaders to call for and draft the Convention in the wake of World War II. In the decades since its accession to the 1967 Protocol to the Refugee Convention, which incorporates all the substantive provisions of the 1951 Refugee Convention, the United States has done much to establish a robust domestic system for protecting individuals who seek refuge from political, religious and other forms of persecution. The 1980 Refugee Act incorporated many of the substantive provisions of the 1951 Refugee Convention into U.S. asylum law. Yet a number of gaps in protection remain. In the framework of the Commemorations year, UNHCR and U.S. civil society groups have proposed a number of pledges* the United States government could make to address many of those gaps. UNHCR, Georgetown Law Human Rights Institute, and Human Rights First have organized a full-day conference bringing together experts from the government, advocacy and academic communities, asylees and UNHCR to have an in-depth discussion of key protection issues presented in the proposed pledges and to develop next steps to enhance the U.S. domestic protection system.

KJ

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