New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants

The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants was signed at the United Nations General Assembly on September 19, 2016 in an attempt to improve the protection of refugees’ statuses.

Refugees are increasingly confronted with life-threatening risks on their ways. Neighboring and transit countries are extremely stressed. The New York Declaration encompasses a series of commitments with the objective to improve refugee protection not only in the country of refuge, but also in transit.

“We reaffirm the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. We reaffirm also the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and recall the core international human rights treaties. We reaffirm and will fully protect the human rights of all refugees and migrants, regardless of status; all are rights holders. Our response will demonstrate full respect for international law and international human rights law and, where applicable, international refugee law and international humanitarian law.” 11United Nations General Assembly, 2016: New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, https://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/71/1.

    Footnotes

  • 1United Nations General Assembly, 2016: New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, https://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/71/1.
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