One of two principal instruments within the OAS that outline states’ human rights obligations (see also the American Declaration on the Rights and Duties of Man). The American Declaration also establishes the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and enhances the work of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
Contains provisions that define who refugees are, outline their legal status, and provide administrative guidelines for complying with the Convention, including co-operation with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Adopted in 1951
Defines the term "stateless person" as "a person who is not considered as a national by any State under the operation of its law" (article 1). The convention defines the obligations of states to these people and their status
Provides for the mutual respect among States of other States' decisions to grant asylum to persons fleeing persecution. It proscribes the expulsion or return of such persons to States where they may be persecuted
Electronic Information system for International Law (EISIL) database includes sources and materials relating to the rights, treatment, and status of peoples whose identities vis-a-vis the state are indeterminate, resisted, or challenged. It also covers statelessness and rights of aliens