After applying for asylum in 27 countries, Edward Snowden was granted asylum in Russia. So what exactly is asylum and who can get it?
Convention and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees
“Grounded in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of human rights 1948, which recognizes the right of persons to seek asylum from persecution in other countries, the United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, adopted in 1951, is the centrepiece of international refugee protection today.”
Refugees and Asylees: 2011
“The United States provides refuge to persons who have been persecuted or have a well-founded fear of persecution through two programs: one for refugees (persons outside the U.S. and their immediate relatives) and one for asylees (persons in the U.S. and their immediate relatives). ”
NSA spy leaks: US denounces Snowden’s Russian asylum
“The US has labelled Russia’s decision to grant asylum to fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden as “extremely disappointing”.”
Home Office shoots down Julian Assange’s claim about extradition law change
“Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, has disclosed he intends to leave the foreign embassy where he has claimed political asylum for more than two years as part of his long-running bid to avoid extradition on sex crime allegations.”
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