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DECLARATION ON TERRITORIAL ASYLUM, General Assembly Resolution 2312 (XXII)

Declaration on Territorial Asylum

General Assembly Resolution 2312 (XXII)

New York, 14 December 1967

 

The General Assembly,

Recalling its resolutions 1839 (XVII) of 19 December 1962, 2100 (XX) of 20 December 1965 and 2203 (XX) of 16 December 1966 concerning a declaration on the right to asylum.

Considering the work of codification to be undertaken by the International Law Commission in accordance with General Assembly resolution 1400 (XIV), of 21 November 1959,

 Adopts the following Declaration:

                                  DECLARATION ON TERRITORIAL ASYLUM

The General Assembly,

Noting that the purposes proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations are to maintain international peace and security, to develop friendly relations among all nations and to achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural or humanitarian character and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion.

Mindful of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which declares in article 14 that:

  • “1. Everyone has the right to seek and enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.
  • “2. This right may not be invoked in the case of persecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the  purposes and principles of the United Nations”,

Recalling also article 13, paragraph 2, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states:

  • ” Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country”.

Recognizing that the grant of asylum by a State to persons entitled to invoke article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a peaceful and humanitarian act and that, as such, it cannot be regarded as unfriendly by any other State.

United Nations

by International Documents relating to Refugees & Stateless persons

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

 

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