Bishop of Durham asks about government’s interpretation of the refugee convention

The Bishop of Durham asked a question regarding alternative interpretations of the Refugee Convention on 28th February 2022, in response to a debate on the government’s policy on migration and asylum:

The Lord Bishop of Durham: Can the noble Baroness offer us any other examples of alternative interpretations of the refugee convention worldwide? If not, on what basis does she believe the Government are entitled to do so in reference to Clause 11 of the Bill we will discuss later?

Baroness Williams of Trafford (Con): It is up to states to interpret the refugee convention for themselves in line with the Vienna convention, which is a crucial part of it. There are examples across the world of states having interpreted in different ways but, as I said, it always has to be in line with the Vienna convention.


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