What is Asylum?

The right of asylum, also called the right of political asylum, is an ancient juridical concept, where those persecuted by rulers in their home country can be protected by another sovereign authority, like a second country that can offer sanctuary. This right was first recognized by Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Hebrews, and was eventually adopted into Western traditions that hold true today.

The Egyptians, Greeks, and Hebrews recognized a religious right to asylum which protected people from what they deemed as severe punishments. This initial system was eventually adopted by the Christian church, making various rules that detailed how someone could qualify for protection and what degree of protection was possible for someone to receive.

The words “Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy asylum from persecution in other countries” are enshrined inside the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 and is supported by both the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees as well as the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees. Refugees are those outside their country’s territory because of fear of persecution on otherwise protected grounds. This includes grounds of race, caste, nationality, religion, political opinions, and participation in any particular social group or social activities.

To establish eligibility for asylum or refugee under U.S. law, it must first be proven that you meet the definition of a refugee. This means providing proof that you are either the victim of past persecution or have a well-founded fear of future persecution.

Our Sacramento immigration lawyer, Sacramento immigration attorney, and immigration lawyer Sacramento at Manzoor Law Firm Inc work tirelessly to make sure you find asylum and remain safely in America. We gather all the evidence to support your claim for asylum, witness statements, medical records, police reports, arrest records, and any other kind of information from your home country so that you can live a worry-free life.