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World Refugee Day

Updated on June 14, 2013
June 20: World Refugee Day
June 20: World Refugee Day

What Is World Refugee Day?

One of the main purposes of the United Nations is to encourage solidarity between the different countries of the world and to bring these nations together to defend against common threats to mankind.  To that end, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 55/76 on December 4, 2000.  The resolution marked that 2001 was the 50th Anniversary of the first convention relating to the Status of Refugees.  The UN and the Organization of African Unity agreed to have International Refugee day on June 20 to bring attention to the plight of refugees around the world, the majority of which are in Africa. 

 

The UN In 1951 Began Addressing The Problems Of Refugees
The UN In 1951 Began Addressing The Problems Of Refugees
The UN Combined World Refugee Day With The African Refugee Day Of Years Past
The UN Combined World Refugee Day With The African Refugee Day Of Years Past

The History Of Refugee Day

In 1951, a Convention was held relating to the Status of Refugees.  At that convention, a document was created defining who is a refugee, their legal rights and the obligations of the State that take them in.  For more than fifty years, the UNHCR has dealt with refugee problems around the world.

For many years individual nations held their own Refugee day as they each saw fit.  For each nation, the problems of refugees were different depending on geography, climate and economics.  For the African Nations, many of these problems are similar and under the leadership of the Organization  of African Unity, now African Union, several African Nations held concurrent Refugee Days to bring further light to this humanitarian problem.

 

World Refugee Day Is A Chance To Bring The Plight Of Refugees Into The Hearts And Minds Of Other Nations
World Refugee Day Is A Chance To Bring The Plight Of Refugees Into The Hearts And Minds Of Other Nations

What Is Done On World Refugee Day

The UN High Commissioner of Refugees oversees World Refugee Day. On June 20 of every year, people around the world gather to honor the courage and spirit of the men, women and children who were forced to leave their homes and celebrate the contributions the refugees make in their adopted homes and their original homelands.

Large organizations dedicated to the advancement of mankind like Amnesty International also get involved by organizing protests against imprisoning refugees, produce films and documentaries about the lives those have sought asylum in the West and recognize the contributions made, organize letter and petition drives to governments for the ethical treatment of refugees. The largest part of World Refugee Day is bring awareness to the problems of refugees, the problems in the lands they left and how the world can help.

Only A World Wide Effort Can Helped Displaced Peoples Find A Home
Only A World Wide Effort Can Helped Displaced Peoples Find A Home

Human Rights.

World Refugee Day is simply a day where the world brings the problems and lives of those who have been displaced into the light. While there is little that each individual can do to combat this human rights problem, together, the world can make a difference and bring the refugees of the world home.

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    • bgpappa profile imageAUTHOR

      bgpappa 

      9 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Good points ununseptum. I do like the theory behind movements like World Refugee Day. At least bring attention to the problems of others. I had never heard of it before I wrote this, which I think exemplifies the problem. It is easy to forget the suffering of others when it is not right in your backyard. Attention is good. But I agree, more has to be done to fix it.

      Thanks for the comment.

    • ununseptium profile image

      ununseptium 

      9 years ago from the milky way galaxy

      The UN is an imperfect alliance of imperfect nations and their very imperfect leaders. I think if anything it's a reflection of the present state of a majority of privilaged people's apathy. It's good when we can look objectively at an organization's mistakes, like the way the UN handled Rwanda. Now it's somebody's job to try and fix it.

    • bgpappa profile imageAUTHOR

      bgpappa 

      9 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Thanks for reading LG

      I agree, the UN doesn't suck, but it did mess up horribly in Rwanda. I hadn't heard of this effort to bring awareness to this issue, so I thought I would write a little hub to do my small part.

    • LondonGirl profile image

      LondonGirl 

      9 years ago from London

      I really enjoyed this hub - and I don't think the UN "sucks". Not perfect? Definitely. Who or what is?

    • bgpappa profile imageAUTHOR

      bgpappa 

      9 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Fair Points, especially about Rwanda.

      Thanks for the comments.

    • James A Watkins profile image

      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Well, it would take a month to recount all their failings and about half an hour to recount their successes.  It is a blatantly Anti-Semitic, Anti-American organization.  They had a job to keep peace in Rwanda and stood by and watched 500,000 get machetied to death.  It's a joke.  You've got the worst human rights violators on earth sitting on the Human Rights Committee criticizing free democracies! I could go on Ad Nauseam but I'll leave you with this.  There is a whole lot of money missing.  Corruption runs rampant while the US funds most of it.

    • bgpappa profile imageAUTHOR

      bgpappa 

      9 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Would you like to expand on your comment?

    • James A Watkins profile image

      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      The UN sucks.

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