Refugee Rights Essay

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Introduction
The term refugee has been used a lot lately on news and other media outlets. As Americans when we hear or think about a refugee, we always think of others. We think of the misplaced Syrians and the children of war in Africa, we think of refugees from Afghanistan and those migrating here from MiddlEast fearing prosecution of their oppressed governments; hardly ever we give a thought of such term in association with an American. It does not accrue to us that stronger nations have fallen, their territory taken, infrastructure destroyed and population displaced; such faith can befall in America. Would an American passport still hail strong and win us access to another country, ...view middle of the document...

UNCHR offers protection to refugees once involved by the request of the hosting country or UN (UNHCR, 2011). The aim of this organization is to help the settlement or the return of the refugees to their countries. Under the International Refugee Law the rights of the refugees has been protected by a series of Laws and standards both internationally and regionally. The list below names some of the international laws and involved parties aiming to upkeep the rights of a refugee.
1. 1951 convention relating to the status of the refugees
2. 1967 protocol relating to the status of the refugee
3. Stats parties to the 1951 convention relating to the states of the Refugees and/ or the 1967 protocol
Financially the UNHCR has a 1 Billion dollar budget which is distributed to countries with refugees aiming to help such countries provide for their refugees (UNHCR, 2011). Though the hosting country has the primary responsibility to provide for the refugees, in this regards by providing the land, basic needs, and medical needs of their refugees; neighboring countries, donors and voluntary organizations also provide help by providing monetary aid, man power and basic goods.

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