To: Press and Media Outlets
From: Isuf HALIMI President of European Center for Human Rights
Date: 20 Jun, 2016
Re: World Refugee Day Press Conference, Strasbourg
Refugees are among the most vulnerable people in the world. The 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol help pro - tact them. They clarify the rights of refuse - gees and the obligations of the 148 States that are party to one or both of these instruments. Universal accession to the Refugee Convention is a valid and achievable goal. In this anniversary year of the Convention, I appeal to all non-signatory States to ac - cede to it and pledge the full support of my Office to governments to help implement its provisions
All of us need a place to call Sweet home on our family - a safe place where we "HOME” But for millions of refugees and displaced people around the world today, home is little more than a distant dream.
Fleeing persecution and conflict, often with nothing more than the clothes on their backs, refugees are separated from all that is familiar - from family, friends, work, community and culture. Faced with an uncertain future in a strange land, the sense of loss and alienation can be overwhelming. To lose one's home can be to lose one's very identity.
Yet, despite the enormity of their suffering, refugees never give up their dream of "HOME" and all that it entails - family, acceptance, security, a sense of belonging and self-worth. The fact that refugees maintain that hope, sometimes against all odds, should be an inspiration to all of us.
The following part of the ours online campaign is solidarity of the World Refugee Day 2016 events which took place around the world. The information was drawn from a number of sources: Support Refugees and use Hashtag #WEareforrefugees.
A young man from Syria told ECHR staff that he had lost as many as 15 cousins and best friends. He was desperate to make a call. He showed a small piece of paper with a phone number on it and asked for a phone: “I only need to call one person my father to ask if he is alive my mother she is dead in Greece,” he said.
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