PM calls for global unity to protect rights of refugees

Dhaka,  Monday,   2016-09-20
Published : 20 Sep 2016, 11:16:55 | Updated : 20 Sep 2016, 11:40:01

PM calls for global unity to protect rights of refugees

Emphasising the need for protection of the rights of migrants and refugees, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that the world must reach a consensus on shared responsibility and inclusiveness to address the crisis.

Her call came at a High-level Meeting of the Plenary of the UN General Assembly on rehabilitation of refugees and migrants at the UN headquarters in New York on Monday, Press Secretary to the Prime Minister Ihsanul Karim told the bdnews24.com.

She said that the rights of the refugees and migrants had to be secured in all situations, irrespective of their status, adding that protection and promotion of their rights were equally essential to achieve a harmony across diverse societies in the world.

She also commended UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for convening the first-ever Summit on Refugees and Migrants.

Observing that mutual trust and respect, shared responsibility, and inclusiveness are critical to address the refugee crisis, the prime minister called on countries for reaching 'a general agreement on these universal principles'.

At the opening of the summit, delegations from across the world had also adopted the landmark New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants.

It contains bold commitments both to address current issues and to prepare the world for future challenges, including, to start negotiations leading to an international conference and the adoption of a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration in 2018, as well as, to:

# Protect the human rights of all refugees and migrants, regardless of status. This includes the rights of women and girls and promoting their full, equal and meaningful participation in finding solutions;

# Ensure that all refugee and migrant children are receiving education within a few months of arrival;

# Prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence;

# Support those countries rescuing, receiving and hosting large numbers of refugees and migrants;

# Work towards ending the practice of detaining children for the purposes of determining their migration status;

# Find new homes for all refugees identified by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as needing resettlement; and expand the opportunities for refugees to relocate to other countries through, for example, labour mobility or education schemes; and

# Strengthen the global governance of migration by bringing the International Organization for Migration (IOM) into the UN system.

- TM

 
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