The World Refugee Day is celebrated on 20th of June, annually, to support millions of families all over the world who have lost their homes and dear ones because of violence or war. The day was established by the General Assembly of United Nations for the refugees to honor them for their courage of facing lots of problems after losing homes due to conflict or violence and their contributions to their communities. This day celebration provides an opportunity to all of us to help the refugees worldwide in rebuilding their quality lives through lots of related activities.
Many refugees are in exile to escape the effects of natural or human-made disasters. Every minute 20 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution, or terror. Refugees are among the most vulnerable people in the world. The rights contained in the 1951 Convention include: The right not to be expelled, except under certain, strictly defined conditions; The right not to be punished for illegal entry into the territory of a contracting State; The right to work; The right to housing; The right to education; The right to public relief and assistance; The right to freedom of religion; The right to access the courts; The right to freedom of movement within the territory; The right to be issued identity and travel documents. All these rights and more should apply to refugees!
For the past 16 months, we learned that we only succeed if we stand together. We have all had to do our part to keep each other safe and despite the challenges, refugees and displaced people have stepped up. Hence, the theme for this year is "Together we heal, learn, and shine”. Everyone can make a difference, it is the responsibility of each one of us to make sure that no one is left behind. The focus is to bring about changes to make the world more inclusive. This year is calling for the greater inclusion of refugees in health systems, schools, and sport. Only by working together can we recover from the pandemic.
We, at the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), join other organisations on this day in the mission of recognising and appreciating refugees from all around the globe. We would like to remind the world that everyone, including refugees, can contribute to society and every action counts in the effort to create a more just, inclusive, and equal world. We advocate that the public sector and other stakeholders to join us in global effort of protecting the rights of refugees around the world. They should have access to primary and secondary health care, sexual and reproductive health, nutrition and mental health services.
We call upon young people to unfold their innovative and creative sides! Now it is the time to bring about change, everyone can make a difference, and together we can heal, learn, and shine! w