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Convention and the Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees
The Convention and the Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees define a refugee as a person who “owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country ... ."
Global Database: Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement
The Global Database on the Guiding Principles provides instant access to official documents about the rights of the internally displaced and the application of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement. The database includes relevant:
National laws and policies;
Regional and international instruments;
Observations and recommendations of UN treaty-monitoring bodies;
Reports of UN charter bodies;
Resolutions of the UN General Assembly; and
Statements of national authorities.
International Standards re Human Rights of Migrants (UNHCHR)
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) represents the world's commitment to universal ideals of human dignity. We have a unique mandate from the international community to promote and protect all human rights.
Legislationline.org provides direct access to international norms and standards relating to specific human dimension issues (see list of topics on left-hand column) as well as to domestic legislation and other documents of relevance to these issues.
NORMLEX is a new information system which brings together information on International Labor Standards.