Refugee Council Of 1954 Case Study

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he Refugee Council of 1951 The Rome Statute, specifically of Article 7 established protections of political prisoners within their own countries while the Refugee Council of 1951 seeks to protect those that must escape their country due to the threat imposed on their lives. The Refugee Council is grounded in Article 14 of the UDHR, which recognizes the right of persons to seek asylum from persecution in other countries. The United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, adopted in 1951, is the centrepiece of international refugee protection today as it laid the groundwork for normative systems. Article 1 section under the definition of a refugee provides a clear case for those that need protection from international powers in…show more content…
Good samaritans of other countries and individual nation states have sheltered political prisoners by awarding them asylum or aiding in their escape. NGO’s have fought and freed human rights defenders from their illegal detentions for their political actions taken through letter writing campaigns and public pressure allowing them the freedom to continue living their lives without fear. The United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees works tirelessly in protecting the right of refugees, especially those deemed as political prisoners working on ensuring the rights of over 52 million refugees in the world today. With the case of the Tiananmen Square protesters in China, the government viewed them as dissidents putting them on the most wanted list, while Hong Kong and western powers fought for years to help them out of the country. Individual governments will always have the power to choose who to protect and who to prosecute, but the the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court as well as provisions in the Refugee Council of 1951 are effective in protecting the rights of international political prisoners by providing a framework of accountability that can hold violators accountable. This situation is not ideal, as the ICC can only work when it is called upon, and world powers decline the legitimacy of the Rome Statute, but without basic laws and norms here would be absolutely zero accountability for the atrocities occurring around the world. Pubic pressure and the rise of political prisoners fame to iconic statuses continue to protect millions who would otherwise be left
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