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The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed the entry into force of a new law in Mexico on the protection of refugees and asylum-seekers that now gives the country a legal framework that complies with international standards in this area.

The law, which was formally signed by President Felipe Calderón on Wednesday, was drafted in 2009 by the Mexican Refugee Commission with technical support from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Mexico signed the 1951 Refugee Convention and its

Protocol in 2000 and has a history of protecting asylum-seekers and refugees, according to the agency. However, until now, the country lacked a specific legal framework as previous laws did not comply with international standards, it …

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