Elna Sondergaard is a Legal Consultant with BADIL.
The 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees (1951 Convention) provides Palestinian refugees seeking protection in third countries with the right to” ipso facto” refugee recognition under certain circumstances (Article 1D). The 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons (1954 Stateless Convention) also provides Palestinian refugees with a right to protection, based on their status as stateless persons. BADIL is currently conducting research on national practice with a view to analysing whether Palestinian refugees are granted those rights. This article presents the initial findings of the ongoing research.
"The fundamental idea behind justice is to dignify the memory of our deceased. It is to dignify the children, the women, the elders who were annihilated through genocide, those who were kidnapped, those who were disappeared, those who were tortured."
- Rigoberta Menchú, 1992 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (1)