Refugees’ Right of Return

Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194 is the third goal of the BDS movement.

This right of return is supported by a range of international governments, international law, and human rights standards, including:

  • The UN General Assembly has repeatedly reaffirmed the right of return as envisaged by the BDS campaign, through numerous resolutions, beginning with Resolution 194, and subsequently with further resolutions such as Resolutions 2535 (XXIV) and 3236 (XXIX)
  • In December 2013 the UN General Assembly reaffirmed its support for Resolution 194 by a massive margin of 173 countries for, with only 1 against (Resolution 68/76).
  • The Arab Peace Initiative launched in 2002 (and re-affirmed in 2007) endorsed by all 22 Arab League states also calls for implementation of UN General Assembly Resolution 194 on the right of return
  • Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states: “Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive.“
  • the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
    • Article 13 (1): “Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.”
    • Article 13 (2): “Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.”
    • Article 17 (2): “No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.”
  • Article 12(4) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights states: “No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of the right to enter his own country.”

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