Topcuoğlu, Ali Aslan
September 2008
Ekev Academic Review;Fall2008, Vol. 12 Issue 37, p163
Academic Journal
The problem of legal status of diplomatic representatives is the oldest and the most studied issue of the international law. The rules of manners and customs related to this issue was codified at Vienna Convention relating to diplomatic relation in 1961. The issue of immunities of diplomatic representatives in the first periods of Islam, was held within the framework of general Islamic principles, and some regulations, which are similar to current international law practices, were done in favor of ambassadors. Besides as there was not any permanent embassy organization, there was no need for embassy buildings. But there was no indifference to this subject, the function of embassy buildings was carried out at special houses in Medina. On the other hand, diplomatic representatives were provided with the personal immunity similar to current international legal applications. At the same time, diplomatic representatives benefited from immunity of domicile within the framework used for mission buildings. There was no restraint for communication immunity and freedom of travel. But representatives had to act according to their position and they should not abuse rights given to them. Otherwise they could be departed as an unwanted person.


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