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African Refugee Convention turns 50 to warm welcome

The High Commissioner for Refugees, Sadruddin Aga Khan (right) and OAU Secretary General Mr. Diallo Telli at the signing of the OAU Convention in 1969 in Geneva, Switzerland ©UNHCR

This week, 50 years ago, Organization of African Unity (OAU) member states gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to adopt the OAU Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa (1969 OAU Refugee Convention).
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, warmly welcomes this milestone for the Convention, which was adopted on September 10, 1969 as the world’s first regional refugee protection treaty and the regional complement to the 1951 UN Refugee Convention. “It was a progressive treaty that expanded on the definition of refugee among other advances, and it remains relevant half-a-century later,” said Cosmas Chanda, UNHCR’s representative to the African Union (AU).
In 1969, many African states had recently gained their independence, while others were still under colonial or minority rule. The... Continue reading ->

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