UN calls for protection of rights, dignity of refugees

NEW YORK, June 20 (KUNA) — As forced displacement has reached unprecedented levels, with more than 65 million people uprooted from their home globally, the United Nation called the world Monday to ensure the rights and dignity of those refugees to be protected.
Marking the World Refugee Day, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a message issued on this occasion, that new and recurring conflicts, and ever-more disturbing forms of violence and persecution, are driving people to flee in search of safety within their own countries, or to cross international borders as asylum seekers or refugees.
While others are living in long-term exile, as solutions to protracted conflicts remain elusive, Ban said this international day is a moment for taking stock of the devastating impact of war and persecution on the lives of those forced to flee, and honouring their courage and resilience.
“It is also a moment for paying tribute to the communities and States that receive and host them, often in remote border regions affected by poverty, instability and underdevelopment, and beyond the gaze of international attention,” he noticed.
With divisive political rhetoric on asylum and migration issues, rising xenophobia, and restrictions on access to asylum have become increasingly visible in certain regions, and the spirit of shared responsibility has been replaced by a hate-filled narrative of intolerance, the UN Chief sees a “worrisome increase” in the use of detention and in the construction of fences and other barriers.
In his message, he called for responses towards the refugees to be grounded in shared values of responsibility sharing, non-discrimination, and human rights and in international refugee law, including the principle of non-refoulement.
At the end of 2015, there were 21.3 million refugees, 3.2 million people in the process of seeking asylum, and 40.8 million people internally displaced within their own countries.
Tackling this issue, the UN will hold a high-level plenary of the General Assembly on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants. (end) mao.bs