What is the asylum procedure?

According to International Human Rights Law, every person has the right to seek asylum. What is more, under the principle of non-refoulement, no person should be sent back to a country where they risk persecution. Asylum procedures for deciding on refugee status must be fair and efficient to ensure that refugees are provided protection as quickly as possible.

There are no international frameworks for asylum procedures, but there are universal principles that derive from International Law that States must respect. Among others, these include the right to information on the asylum procedure, where the asylum seeker should receive the necessary guidance on the procedure, and the right to appeal a negative decision.