World Refugee Day 2018

The World Refugee Day 2018 has arrived, with a record high number of displaced persons, most of them staying in developing countries, and with little solidarity shown from OECD countries in offering reception and resettlement of refugees. There is a sign of hope in the form of a UNHCR-led global initiative: the Global Compact for Refugees. The GCR’s Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework is currently trialing crisis-resistant, sustainable solutions to situations of large displacement. However, we should not forget the importance of the full implementation of the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol, that bind the international community in its actions towards refugees, nor the cornerstone of refugee protection: the universally binding norm of non-refoulement (the notion that a person cannot be sent back to a life threatening situation). Moreover, let us remember the Guiding Principles of Internal Displacement, and channel more resources into helping internally displaced populations in developing countries. In the current political climate, with the US withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council, the Italian government closing its ports to migrants, the German government in crisis over refugee reception, Hungary incarcerating asylum seekers into prison-like transit zones, and Australia offshoring asylum, let us stand up for human rights and today specifically the right to seek and enjoy asylum.



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