Context:- World Refugee Day is celebrated every year on 20 June. World Refugee Day was designated as an International Day by the UN (United Nations).
What is World Refugee Day?
World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe. It falls each year on 20 June and celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution.
Why is World Refugee Day important?
World Refugee Day shines a light on the rights, needs and dreams of refugees, helping to mobilize political will and resources so refugees can not only survive but also thrive. While it is important to protect and improve the lives of refugees every single day, international days like World Refugee Day help to focus global attention on the plight of those fleeing conflict or persecution. Many activities held on World Refugee Day create opportunities to support refugees.
It originated with the resolution 55/76 of the United Nations General Assembly passed on 4 December 2000. The purpose of the resolution is to raise awareness of the growing global refugee population and to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention.
The Refugee Convention of 1951 was established after World War II to establish a legal framework to protect and ensure the rights of refugees.
The convention defined criteria for identifying individuals as refugees, outlined their rights, and defined the responsibilities of states in providing protection and assistance to them.
World Refugee Day is observed on June 20th each year to raise awareness about the global refugee crisis and honor the courage and resilience of refugees worldwide. It is a day dedicated to recognizing the millions of people who have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict, persecution, or natural disasters.
On this day, individuals, communities, and organizations come together to show support for refugees and express solidarity with their plight. The day serves as an opportunity to promote understanding and empathy for refugees and to advocate for their rights and protection.
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