Note: Running Afoul of the Non-Refoulment Principle: The [Mis]interpretation and [Mis]application of the Particularly Serious Crime Exception

David Delgado 
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86 S. Cal. L. Rev. Postscript 1

Envision living with the constant fear of being
tortured or killed for no other reason than having a different political
opinion than those in power. While that may be difficult to imagine for those
who live in the United States, unfortunately, many around the world must live
with that fear or flee from their homes. That fear has mobilized an estimated
11,000 to 15,000 refugees to flee from Syria. The mass exodus followed Syrian
President Bashar al-Assad’s siege of the western city of Homs, which is “the
heart of an 11-month uprising against his rule.” In those early months of
violence, only around 7000 Syrian refugees had registered with the United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (“UNHCR”). However, given the persistent
violence and the recent allegations that President al-Assad has used chemical
weapons on or near civilian populations, it is unsurprising that current UNHCR
projections estimate that there are over two million Syrian refugees. And
according to the UNHCR, if current trends persist, there may be well over three
million Syrian refugees by the end of 2013. [MORE]