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Asylum
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Human Right?

1. Asylum, the assuring of protection to strangers, has religious roots. Church asylum, and the sanctuary movement (in the United States), plead this ancient religious tradition. In 1949, the Federal Republic of Germany committed itself to the following human right: “Political refugees have a right to asylum” (Art. 16.2). This formulation goes much further than the (non-binding) United Nations C…

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Auffarth, Christoph, “Asylum”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 18 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5287_bdr_COM_00032>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223



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