Abibiman Foundation joins the rest of the World to mark the World refugee Day 2016. Let recall our common humanity‚ celebrate tolerance and diversity and open our hearts to refugees everywhere, we stand together #With Refugees
World Refugee Day is a time for us all to reflect even as Ghana prepares to go to the polls. Electoral process gives the citizenry the sole right to elect their preferred political leaders. As if this is not enough, electoral process in Africa have most often been characterized by violence at various stages, from pre-election, during elections and post elections. This electoral process which give rights to the people to govern themselves is been challenged by the threats to security, peace and development.
Conflict has destroyed thousands of lives and families. An estimated 60 million people around the world have been forced from their homes. Among them are nearly 20 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18 are forcibly displaced in the world - as refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and internally displaced persons.
There are also 10 million stateless people who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement. In a world where 42,500 people are forcibly displaced every day as a result of conflict or persecution (source UNHCR)
In time of reflecting let us provide support and protection for refugees and effectively managing migration which requires a global response.
Ensure every refugee child gets an education and safe place to live for them to learn new skills to enable them make positive contribution to their community.
We call on the Ghanaian media to report responsibly on the refugee crisis and present a balanced, fair picture of events, and not to fuel people’s fears and prejudices, as indicated in the UN convention below;
– Article 13 provides for the rights of aliens; UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (1951); African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights
– Article 12 guarantees the right to seek asylum and protection from expulsion; and Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa
– Article 11 places an obligation on states to protect asylum seeking women‚ refugees‚ returnees and internally displaced persons‚ against all forms of violence‚ rape‚ and other forms of sexual exploitation”.
We therefore call on Ghana refugee board to take a serious look at Ghana asylum policy and help make that aspiration a reality.” On World Refugee Day,
We hope that the Ghana refugee board will not use this year’s celebration as another opportunity to make bold statements and promises that will never be fulfilled. Instead the national authorities must place this year celebration and the theme in its proper context to the benefit of our people.
I call on UNHCR Ghana and the international community to continue to advocate and intensify efforts to prevent and resolve conflicts, and to help achieve peace and security so that families can be reunited and refugees can return home.
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