Posted on Tuesday 19th June 2012
For years, many countries and regions have been holding their own Refugee Days. One of the most widespread is Africa Refugee Day, which is celebrated on 20 June in several countries.
The UN General Assembly, on 4 December 2000, adopted a resolution where it noted that 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, and that the Organization of African Unity (OAU) had agreed to have International Refugee Day coincide with Africa Refugee Day on 20 June. This was adopted to as an expression of solidarity with Africa, which hosts the most refugees.
This event honors the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence.
2012 Theme: Refugees have no choice. You do.
Visit the UN 'Take Action' page.
Visit the Amnesty International EU campaing page When You dont Exist and watch the video.