The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) issues GuidanceNotes on thematic legal issues pursuant to its mandate, as contained in the 1950
Statute of the Officeof the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
, in conjunction with Article 35 of the 1951
Convention relating to the Status of Refugees
and Article II of its 1967
.Through analyzing international legal principles, jurisprudence and other relevant materials, theseGuidance Notes seek to clarify applicable law and legal standards with the aim of providingguidance in the particular thematic area concerned. The ultimate purpose is to enhance the deliveryof protection to refugees and asylum-seekers through adherence to international standards in refugeeprotection.When related to refugee status determination, the Guidance Notes supplement and should be read inconjunction with the relevant Guidelines on International Protection. The Guidance Notes aredeveloped to respond to emerging operational needs and legal issues and do not necessarily followthe same extensive drafting process as the Guidelines on International Protection.The Guidance Notes are in the public domain and are available on Refworld,http://www.refworld.org. Any questions relating to specific aspects of this Note should be addressed
to the Protection Policy and Legal Advice Section (PPLAS) of the Division of InternationalProtection Services, UNHCR, Geneva.