Pros And Cons Of The Right To Seek Asylum

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During the meeting of July 13 with international human rights organizations he said he was recognised “as an asylum seeker by the UN High Commission on Refugees – but the US”, he said, did not “recognize this.” He said he wanted international organizations to request the US and EU not to interfere with his asylum claim: “For decades the United States of America has been one of the strongest defenders of the human right to seek asylum. Sadly, this right, arranged and voted for by the U.S. in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is now being rejected by the current government of my country. The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum.”
Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights gives all people “the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.” However, the right “may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes.” UN Resolution 2312 is similarly limited “to persons entitled to invoke article 14.”Having a well-founded fear of persecution any state should consider an asylum application by Ed Snowden. International law says “that somebody who fears persecution should not be
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