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Refugee law protects people who seek asylum from prosecution, and those who have ben recognised as refugees. It comprises several international legal instruments - the most important being the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol - as well as customary law. According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in Africa the right to seek and enjoy asylum is largely respected - with some 3 million refugees having found in exile the safety and protection they have lost at home. The generosity of hosting countries in Africa is outstanding; but in recent years, some core values of the protection system have been challenged, with instances of refoulement, as well as difficult access for UNHCR to people who may be in need of international protection.