16 December 2011

Rescue at Sea Resource

A brief follow-up to my earlier post that focused on "Distress at Sea": UNHCR has just made available a second edition of Rescue at Sea, Stowaways and Maritime Interception: Selected Reference Materials. Here's a description of its contents:

The involvement of refugees and other persons of concern to UNHCR in mixed maritime movements can implicate different areas of international law, including the international law of the sea, international refugee law, international human rights law, international humanitarian law and international criminal law. This binder compiles selected provisions from each of these bodies of law to assist governments, UNHCR colleagues and other interested professionals to identify the legal framework applicable to refugees and asylum-seekers travelling irregularly by sea. ... . In addition to international law, the binder includes selected guidelines, recommendations, submissions, advisory opinions and policy papers issued by UNHCR and the International Maritime Organization (IMO). These materials provide further guidance on how relevant standards may be operationalized in practice. The binder also contains selected materials from a number of meetings and conferences convened by UNHCR on these issues.

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