World Refugee Day 2010

17 Jun

A refugee is a person who “owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.” This definition comes from the 1951 Refugee Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, and those who fall under these conditions are entitled to international protection

a refugee is someone who has been put on to run away from his or her country due to harassment, war, or hostility. As a result, the refugee’s revisit to his or her home country is prohibited for the reason of the terror of harassment on the basis of race, religion, nationality, political judgment and devotion in a particular social group.

Some links, if you want to help and or know more about refugees.

The Human Story, Behind the Statistics

Human Rights First Commemorates World Refugee Day, Calls on U.S. Policymakers to Pass the Refugee Protection Act of 2010

The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre
Protecting Refugees
International Rescue Committee
UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement
Refugees International
European Council on Refugees and Exiles
Sudanese Refugee Speaks Out to a Wide Audience of Students
Women’s Refugee Commission


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