World Refugee Day to­day

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES -

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

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