The Status of Palestinian Refugees in International Law

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ANNEX 2 UNRWA Instructions Concerning Registration and Eligibility (Excerpts)1

1. Consolidated Registration Instructions (Effective January 1993)
2.13: Definition of Palestine refugee
3.1.5: Eligibility for registration of refugees
3.1.6: Registered women married to non-refugees (MNRs)
3.1.7: Registration of descendants of MNRs
4.1.2.3: Procedures in respect of new registration
4.1.2.4: Documentary evidence of refugee status
2.13 Palestine refugee: shall mean any person whose normal place of residence was Palestine during the period 1 June 1946 to 15 May 1948 and who lost both home and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 conflict.2
3.1.5 The following persons and their descendants born after 14 May 1948 are eligible for registration with UNRWA mainly for the purpose of obtaining services from the Agency within the area of operations. This is not intended, and is not to be construed, as a qualification of the definition of Palestine refugees in para 2.13 above.
3.1.5.1 Palestine refugees, as defined in 2.13
3.1.5.2 the descendants of fathers3 fulfilling the conditions of 3.1.5.1
3.1.5.3 the descendants of fathers4 registered with UNRWA as 'Gaza Poor' in Gaza, ' Jerusalem Poor' in the West Bank, 'Frontier Villagers' in the West Bank and in Jordan and 'Members of nomadic and semi-nomadic tribes'.
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1
These Instructions, approved by the Commissioner-General of UNRWA cancel and supersede all previous instructions concerning eligibility and registration, including Consolidated Eligibility Instruction, Rev. 7/83, dated Jan. 984, and Consolidated Special Instructions, Rev. 3/86, dated 16 June 1986. Some minor typographical errors have been corrected. The Instructions are discussed in ch. II, section 3.
2
On the development of UNRWA's working definition of a'Palestine refugee', see ch. II, sub-section 3.2; on the interpretation of the present definition, see ch. II, sub-section 3.3.
3
On the issue of gender-based discrimination embodied in this and other paragraphs of the Consolidated Registration Instructions, see ch. II, sub-section 3.4.
4
Ibid.

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