IBA urges governments to abide by legal obligations regarding refugees

The IBA urges governments to abide by their obligations under international law when receiving migrants and as migrants approach their borders. 

David W Rivkin, IBA President, says: 'All signatories to the 1951 Refugee Convention and 1967 Protocol have undertaken to protect refugees by allowing them to enter their territory, and there is no question that many of those who have escaped from the terror of life in parts of Syria will meet the Convention criteria of being refugees. All national governments must act with due care and responsibility in assessing all asylum seekers inside and at their borders, and ensuring that they respond to those who they determine to be refugees in accordance with these legally-binding obligations.'