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IIMSAM Official Observed World Refugee Day

IIMSAM Middle East Director & Goodwill Ambassador Dr. Naseer Homoud message on World Refugee Day. He urged for protecting rights of refugees all across the globe so that they might contribute to the society at large. He appealed governments to ensure implementation of policies for protecting rights of refugees.

Doha, Qatar, June 21, 2010 --( Observing the World Refugee Day Dr. Naseer Homoud, Goodwill Ambassador and Director of Middle East office for the Intergovernmental Institution for the use of Micro-algae Spirulina against Malnutrition (IIMSAM), the Permanent Observer to the United Nations Economic and Social Council while addressing the media said “World Refugee Day gives us the opportunity to reflect on the part refugees and their journeys have played in shaping our present and to remind ourselves that many in world faced similar journeys in the not too distant past.” He further added “I call on governments to renew their commitments to everyone’s right to seek and to enjoy asylum from persecution, as recognized in the words of article 14 of the UDHR.”

“Let us take this day as an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment for refugee’s welfare and their rights. This is a chance to see a world seldom seen, for anyone interested in refugee issues, this day is an opportunity to learn and to be a part of global efforts of supporting millions of people around the world who have been forced to flee their homes, families and communities because of violence and persecution," urged Dr. Homoud. This year's World Refugee Day has as its theme, ‘Home.’ Speaking in context of the theme of celebrations Dr. Homoud contended that home is the most special element to which every human being is connected either emotionally or socially. He said “We can’t even feel the pain and agony which the crisis ridden people who are compelled to leave their home undergo each and every moment; no one on earth would like to leave ‘home’ if the conditions are stable even to the extent of survival. On this day, let us pledge to work for refugees to let them feel the essence of home wherever they live; let us pledge to bring happiness and smile on faces of those fellow human beings who are victim of a problem which is truly manmade.”

“On this day we urge governments to accommodate the strategy of resettlement, which is one of the major responsibilities. Governments across the globe needs to work out by some sharing measures to relieve the burden of state which is receiving refugees and on the same run it should be settled that refugees are accommodated with a durable solution. This approach indeed would be a fit settlement to ensure that refugees have access to basic amenities and rights- be it educational, health care or housing, in receiving state,” added Dr. Homoud. While calling governments to support and implement the approach he said “It is indeed heartening to note that major countries are coming forward for such resettlement plans and other developing countries are also following the suit yet, there is a lot which is needed to be materialized if we truly want to see refugees’ conditions stable and developed. In this context, we urge states to work in coordination with UNHCR to develop and sustain effective approaches of sharing responsibilities emerging out of large number of refugees amid contemporary political and social crisis in some part of world.”

While calling the world to support IIMSAM and the cause undertaken by it under guidance of His Excellency Ambassador Remigio M. Maradona Director General of the IIMSAM Dr. Homoud urged that it is well known that due to global warming, rates of poverty and consequently malnutrition and hunger are increasing in alarming proportion and it is a forcing factor for growing numbers of refugees which can be termed as ‘hunger refugees’ and their vulnerability to conflict in affected areas. Speaking further he contended that hunger and malnutrition related issues should be dealt with well-built and planned intent, “if we are able to bring to an end to migration of refugees due to food scarcity even in some conflicted zones of the world, I bet, we could achieve the target of peace in targeted areas and can control the rise in such migration since from the ages, man is known for fighting for his basic needs and food being on the top of that list,” he added.

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IIMSAM Middle East Regional Office
Farrukh Khan
974 465 3332

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