§ Lord Lester of Herne Hill
asked Her Majesty's Government:
How many states are party to the 1951 United Nations convention relating to the status of refugees. [HL1000]
§ Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean
: As at 1 February 2005 there were 142 states parties to the 1951 convention relating to the status of refugees. I have placed a document detailing the states parties in the Library of the House. Of the states that are not party to the 1951 convention, three (Cape Verde, United States of America and Venezuela) are none the less party to its 1967 protocol, which removed geographical and temporal restrictions from the convention.