World Refugee Day: the KRG is asked to im­prove the life of refugees

Iraq and the West con­tinue with forced de­por­ta­tions

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

The Sec­re­tary of the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Iraqi Refugees (IFIR) has called on the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment (KRG) to try hard to im­prove the stan­dard of liv­ing for refugees. The Fed­er­a­tion also asked the Iraqi fed­eral govern­ment not to play with the lives of the refugees, and not to use them as pawns in its po­lit­i­cal games.

Speak­ing on World Refugee Day, Amanj Ab­dul­lah, the IFIR Sec­re­tary, told Kur­dish me­dia that the Fed­er­a­tion con­tin­ues to urge Western coun­tries and the Iraqi govern­ment to re­spect hu­man rights and not to play with refugees’ lives for their own po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ests.

“The KRG should take the refugees’ de­mands into con­sid­er­a­tion and make a se­ri­ous ef­forts to im­prove their life. It should also re­spond to refugees and re­solve their prob­lems,” Ab­dul­lah said.

Re­gard­ing the forced de­por­ta­tion of Iraqi, and es­pe­cially Kur­dish, asy­lum seek­ers, Ab­dul­lah said that refugees should be told the truth, and that those or­ga­ni­za­tions which signed se­cret agree­ments with Western coun­tries to forcibly de­port asy­lum seek­ers should be pun­ished.

The forced de­por­ta­tion pol­icy con­tin­ues, as does the Iraqi govern­ment’s man­i­fest dis­re­gard for the Iraqi Par­lia­ment's de­ci­sion not to de­port asy- lum seek­ers and the agree­ments it made with sev­eral coun­tries to al­low de­ported refugees to en­ter Iraq.

Each year on June 20th the United Na­tions and count­less civic groups around the world cel­e­brate World Refugee Day.

World Refugee Day was es­tab­lished by the United Na­tions to honor the courage, strength and de­ter­mi­na­tion of women, men and chil­dren who are forced to flee their homes un­der threat of per­se­cu­tion, con­flict and vi­o­lence. Mil­lions need your help.

Dis­placed peo­ple and world­wide: some sta­tis­tics

An es­ti­mated 7.6 mil­lion peo­ple are newly dis­placed due to con­flict or per­se­cu­tion, in­clud­ing 1.1 mil­lion new refugees, the high­est num­ber of new refugees in one year since 1999. An­other 6.5 mil­lion are newly dis­placed within the borders of their own coun­tries, the se­cond-high­est fig­ure in the past decade.

More than half (55%) of all refugees world­wide are from five coun­tries: Afghanistan, So­ma­lia, Iraq, Syria and Su­dan.

By the end of 2012, women and girls made up 48% of the refugee pop­u­la­tion.

Forty-six (46) per­cent of refugees are chil­dren un­der 18.


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