OAU Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa
- Published on 10 September 1969
- Commenced on 20 January 1974
- [This is the version of this document from 10 September 1969.]
Article I – Definition of the term "refugee"
Article II – Asylum
Article III – Prohibition of subversive activities
Article IV – Non-discriminationMember States undertake to apply the provisions of this Convention to all refugees without discrimination as to race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinions.
Article V – Voluntary repatriation
Article VI – Travel documents
Article VII – Co-operation of the National Authorities with the Organization of African UnityIn order to enable the Administrative Secretary-General of the Organization of African Unity to make reports to the competent organs of the Organization of African Unity, Member States undertake to provide the Secretariat in the appropriate form with information and statistical data requested, concerning:
Article VIII – Co-operation with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Article IX – Settlement of disputesAny dispute between States signatories to this Convention relating to its interpretation or application, which cannot be settled by other means, shall be referred to the Commission for Mediation, Conciliation and Arbitration of the Organization of African Unity, at the request of any one of the Parties to the dispute.
Article X – Signature and ratification
Article XI – Entry into forceThis Convention shall come into force upon deposit of instruments of ratification by one-third of the Member States of the Organization of African Unity.
Article XII – AmendmentThis Convention may be amended or revised if any member State makes a written request to the Administrative Secretary-General to that effect, provided however that the proposed amendment shall not be submitted to the Assembly of Heads of State and Government for consideration until all Member States have been duly notified of it and a period of one year has elapsed. Such an amendment shall not be effective unless approved by at least two-thirds of the Member States Parties to the present Convention.
Article XIII – Denunciation
Article XIVUpon entry into force of this Convention, the Administrative Secretary-General, of the OAU shall register it with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, in accordance with Article 102 of the Charter of the United Nations.
Article XV – Notifications by the Administrative Secretary-General of the Organization of African UnityThe Administrative Secretary-General of the Organization of African Unity shall inform all Members of the Organization:
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