“World Refugee Day” fleeing from war into uncertainty, Tameem expresses deep concern over 1.1 million people displaced from their homes every year

June 20, 2013 | By | Reply More

June 20, – on the occasion of World Refugee Day Human Rights Observers chairman Tameem referring to the report this year focuses on problems experienced by people on the move across the world. War and other crises drove one person from their home every 4.1 seconds in 2012, the UN’s refugee agency said on Wednesday, pushing the number of people forcibly displaced to a two-decade high of 45.2 million.

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There are more than 45 million refugees and internally displaced people in the world, according to the United Nations. That’s the most in 18 years. War is the main cause, and the crisis in Syria is a major new factor in global displacement.

All told, the UNCHR’s annual figures showed 1.1 million people fled across international borders in 2012, while 6.5 million were displaced within their homelands.

The UNHCR has warned that Syrian refugee numbers could hit 3.5 million by the end of this year; and there are also fears that the number currently displaced within the country, 4.25 million, will also climb.

Syrian refugees have flooded into neighbouring Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq, stretching those nations’ ability to cope.

Tameem says our research shows that to some extent the world is increasingly becoming dangerous for refuges and migrant workers also in the context of Asia-Pacific for internally displaced persons. What is clear to us is that the rights of millions, who have escaped conflicts and persecution or migrants seeking a better life elsewhere, are being abused. Governments aren’t really showing interest in protecting their rights.

There are 2.7 million Afghan refugees outside the country. In fact Pakistan, for example, has just agreed that they do not be returned to Afghanistan yet, which is good news, given the very insecure situation that many would face on return.

Report – Associated press writer for human rights observers

 

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