The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is calling on the European Union (EU) to make 2020 “the year of change for robust refugee protection”. On Thursday, the agency issued a set of new recommendations, as Croatia and German preside over the EU Council during the next 12 months. More
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Wednesday 26 July, Canberra. UNIC Canberra had the privilege of organising the official launch of the joint UNIC/CIT Photography competition, a program which is also supported by CIT, the CSIRO, the National Gallery of Australia and the Guardian Australia Newspaper.
This is the eighth year of the Competition and we were pleased to see the contenders’ enthusiasm only growing as the years go on.
This year’s theme is the Together Campaign, a global initiative that aims to change negative perceptions and attitudes towards refugees and migrants, and to strengthen the social bond between host countries and communities, and refugees and migrants. It encourages refugees and migrants, and the communities that have benefited from their inclusion to share their stories, and to use their voices to make the world a better place.
Photo ( L-R) Ms Fiona Dace-Lynn, CIT, Ms Lydia Downe, Mr Christopher Woodthorpe, UNIC Canberra, Mr Julian Stevenson, CIT
On my way back from Ethiopia, the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa that for decades has been keeping its borders open to hundreds of thousands of refugees from its neighbours, many times in dramatic security situations, I want to state the following:
Countries have the right, even the obligation, to responsibly manage their borders
to avoid infiltration by members of terrorist organisations.
This cannot be based on any form of discrimination related to religion, ethnicity or nationality because:
- that is against the fundamental principles and values on which our societies are based
- that triggers widespread anxiety and anger that may facilitate the propaganda of the very terrorist organisations we all want to fight against;
- blind measures, not based on solid intelligence, tend to be ineffective as they risk being bypassed by what are today sophisticated global terrorist movements.
I am also particularly concerned by the decisions that around the world have been undermining the integrity of the international refugee protection regime. Refugees fleeing conflict
and persecution are finding more and more borders closed and increasingly restricted access to the protection they need and are entitled to receive, according to international refugee law.
31 January 2017
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GENEVA – The needs of refugees and migrants worldwide have never been greater, and the U.S. resettlement program is one of the most important in the world.
The longstanding U.S. policy of welcoming refugees has created a win-win situation: it has saved the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in the world who have in turn enriched and strengthened their new societies. The contribution of refugees and migrants to their new homes worldwide has been overwhelmingly positive.
Resettlement places provided by every country are vital. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and IOM, the International Organization for Migration, hope that the U.S. will continue its strong leadership role and long tradition of protecting those who are fleeing conflict and persecution.
UNHCR and IOM remain committed to working with the U.S. Administration towards the goal we share to ensure safe and secure resettlement and immigration programmes.
We strongly believe that refugees should receive equal treatment for protection and assistance, and opportunities for resettlement, regardless of their religion, nationality or race.
We will continue to engage actively and constructively with the U.S. Government, as we have done for decades, to protect those who need it most, and to offer our support on asylum and migration matters.
In Washington, Chris Boian, firstname.lastname@example.org, +1 202 489 6884
In Geneva, Vannina Maestracci, email@example.com, +41 79 108 3532
The United Nations system in Papua New Guinea is gravely concerned by recent reports of human rights violations against asylum seekers on Manus Island. We note the reports of severe beating of two refugees allegedly by police and immigration officers on the 31st of December 2016, and the arrest and detention of one individual by the police on 13th of January 2017 apparently without charges being brought against the individual.
The Secretary-General launched the TOGETHER campaign at the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September: All 193 Member States of the United Nations unanimously welcomed the TOGETHER campaign and committed to implementing it. The campaign aims to strengthen the social contract between host countries and communities, and refugees and migrants.
Listen to UNIC Canberra Together Campaign audio series
As part of the UN’s “Together, Respect Safety and Dignity for All” Campaign Belinda Mason Director of the film ‘Constance on the Edge” talks to UNIC Canberra’s Julia Dean about the strength and resilience of migrants – what they have to offer their new communities and how a chat and a hot ‘cup of tea’ may be all that is needed to create new friendships.
The film Constance on the Edge, filmed over 10 years, is an unflinchingly honest portrayal of one refugee family’s resettlement story in Australia. Brave, lion-hearted, charismatic Constance, mother of six, confronts her painful past in war torn Sudan, and risks everything in Australia so her family can thrive.
Remarks At Closing Session Of High-Level Plenary Meeting On Addressing Large Movements Of Refugees and Migrants 19 September
Mr President, Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates,This has been an historic day. On behalf of the Secretary-General, I congratulate Member States for adopting by consensus the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants. This shows that despite differing perspectives we can unite around common principles and around core commitments to refugees and migrants.
Large movements of refugees and migrants present some of the most challenging issues of our time. Individually, many Member States have demonstrated positive approaches to refugees and migrants. They have saved the lives of migrants at sea. They have treated migrants humanely. They have extended protection to refugees.