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New UK legislation threatens the 1951 Refugee Convention

Committee on Migration meeting in Strasbourg

In a declaration adopted today, the PACE Migration Committee has expressed serious concern about the new Nationality and Borders Bill put forward by the United Kingdom Government – and passed by Parliament on 27 April 2022 – which would, in effect, “contravene the United Kingdom’s obligations under international law, including the core principles of the 1951 Refugee Convention”.

According to the committee, the new Bill will call into question “non-penalisation, non-discrimination, and non-refoulement” and contribute to weakening the very essence of the 1951 Convention.