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Executive Committee Meetings

No. 5 (XXVIII) - 1977

12 October 1977
Executive Committee 28th session. Contained in United Nations General Assembly Document No. 12A (A/32/12/Add.1). Conclusion endorsed by the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner's Programme upon the recommendation of the Sub-Committee of the Whole on International Protection of Refugees.

The Executive Committee,

(a) Noted with satisfaction the report of the High Commissioner that States have generally continued to follow liberal asylum practices;

(b) Concerned, however, that according to the report of the High Commissioner cases continue to occur in which asylum-seekers have encountered serious difficulties in finding a country willing to grant them even temporary refuge and that refusal of permanent or temporary asylum has led in a number of cases to serious consequences for the persons concerned;

(c) Requested the High Commissioner to draw the attention of Governments to the various international instruments existing in the field of asylum and reiterated the fundamental importance of these instruments from a humanitarian standpoint;

(d) Appealed to Governments to follow, or continue to follow, liberal practices in granting permanent or at least temporary asylum to refugees who have come directly to their territory;

(e) Called on Governments to co-operate, in a spirit of international solidarity, with the High Commissioner in the performance of his functions - especially with respect to asylum - in accordance with General Assembly Resolution 428(V) of 14 December 1950.