World Refugee Day today
ISLAMABAD—World Refugee Day will be observed around the globe on Monday (June 20) to highlight the plight and the issues faced by a large number of refugees who are forced to leave their homes.
World Refugee Day has been marked on June 20 ever since the UN General Assembly, on December 4, 2000, adopted resolution 55/76 where it noted that 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, and that the Organization of African Unity (OAU) had agreed to have International Refugee Day coincide
This year the world leaders have decided that the global public stands with refugees, and it will launch its ‘WithRefugees’ petition on 20th June to send a message to governments that they must work together and do their fair share for refugees.
The ‘WithRefugees’ petition will be delivered to UN headquarters in New York ahead of the UN High Level Meeting on Refugees and Migrants. The petition asks governments to ensure every refugee child gets an education, confirm that every refugee family has somewhere safe to live and safeguard every refugee can work or learn new skills to make a positive contribution to their community.
Like other parts of the world, various events would be organized in Pakistan to commemorate the day and give voice to the grievances of refugees.
Different organizations have organized talkshows, walks, painting and photo exhibitions and discussion forum to unveil the cruel facts of such people who are suffering the plight of living homeless.
In this regard, SACH, a non-government organization arranged a focus group discussion in Afghan community in Nothiya, Peshawar.
The focus of the activity was Gender Based Violence (GBV) among Refugees in Pakistan. The purpose of this discussion was to use the social dynamics of the group, with the help of a moderator/ facilitator, to stimulate participants to reveal underlying opinions, attitudes, and reasons for GBV.—APP
Gypsy girls in search of valuables in federal capital.—APP