Thursday, June 19, 2008

World Refugee Day 2008

Tomorrow, June 20, 2008, is World Refugee Day.  It is therefore appropriate to remember that there are currently 16 million refugees who are fleeing persecution and violence and another 51 million persons who have been displaced from their homes due to armed conflict and natural disasters, according to a June 2008 report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).  World Refugee Day was established by United Nations General Assembly Resolution 55/76 in 2000 to recognize the courage and resilience of refugees worldwide and to raise awareness about their plight.  To read more about the work of the UNHCR, go to http://www.unhcr.org/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/WRD.

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World Refugee Day, held on June 20, celebrates the lives and contributions of refugees everywhere.

Established in 2000 by the United Nations General Assembly, World Refugee Day was first celebrated in 2001. The date of June 20 was chosen to coincide with Africa Refugee Day.

Each year, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) selects a theme and coordinates events across the globe.

This year, events around the world will focus on the fundamental need for protection. For some, this means economic security; for others, protection is freedom from violence and persecution. On World Refugee Day, we will turn our attention to the millions of refugees who live without material, social and legal protection.

Posted by: Aditi | Jun 20, 2008 3:51:44 AM

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