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A State Party shall give effect to a decision under this article as if the provisions of article 109 were applicable to this article. 6. Nothing in this article shall be interpreted as prejudicing the rights of victims under national or international law. [. 13. 12. Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (1951)12 Article 1 – General Provisions [. ] Article 21 – Housing As regards housing, the Contracting States, in so far as the matter is regulated by laws or regulations or is subject to the control of public authorities, shall accord to refugees lawfully staying in their territory treatment as favourable as possible and, in any event, not less favourable than that accorded to aliens generally in the same circumstances.
3 Refugees and displaced persons shall not be forced, or otherwise coerced, either directly or indirectly, to return to their former homes, lands or places of habitual residence. Refugees and displaced persons should be able to effectively pursue durable solutions to displacement other than return, if they so wish, without prejudicing their right to the restitution of their housing, land and property. 3 States should, when necessary, request from other States or international organizations the ﬁnancial and/or technical assistance required to facilitate the effective voluntary return, in safety and dignity, of refugees and displaced persons.
2 States should incorporate protections against displacement into domestic legislation, consistent with international human rights and humanitarian law and related standards, and should extend these protections to everyone within their legal jurisdiction or effective control. 3 States shall prohibit forced eviction, demolition of houses and destruction of agricultural areas and the arbitrary conﬁscation or expropriation of land as a punitive measure or as a means or method of war. 4 States shall take steps to ensure that no one is subjected to displacement by either State or non-State actors.