Wednesday, June 16, 2010

June 20th is World Refugee Day

Although the Twin Cities celebrated World Refugee Day on June 5th in a ban nok celebration I've been more than a little horked off about, the official UN celebration of World Refugee Day is June 20th!

If you get a chance, take time out to learn more about a refugee community in your city or state and see where they've made progress and where they could still use a hand. There are more than 16 million refugees around the world. The US is home to only a few of them, much to many people's surprise.

Next year, 2011, is the 60th anniversary of the 1951 Convention on Refugees, which is the key legal document in defining who is a refugee, their rights and the legal obligations of states. We've come a long way, but there's still a long way to go!

1 comment:

Thassany Pothikan said...

Thanks for the reminder. I never forget that I am a Refugee fro Laos.