January 24, 2022

Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees, 1967

This additional “protocol” amended the original 1951 Refugee Convention to extend its protections to people beyond Europe. Otherwise, the framing of refugeedom around the concept of “a well-founded fear of persecution” remained essentially the same. Although it was promulgated largely to deal with the waves of refugees displaced in the chaotic and violent process of decolonization throughout the Global South, the European-derived specificities of its definitions often made it hard to apply to particular displaced and dispossessed populations elsewhere.

List of reading

Hugo Storey, “The 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol: A Commentary,” International Journal of Refugee Law 23, 4 (2011): 884-888

Sara Davies, “Redundant or Essential? How Politics Shaped the Outcome of the 1967 Protocol,” International Journal of Refugee Law 19, 4 (2007): 703-728

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