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UN chief calls to guarantee refugees´ right to seek asylum

ONU, Guterres

UN chief calls to guarantee refugees´ right to seek asylum

United Nations, Jun 20 (Prensa Latina) The world refugee population is now reaching record high and it is pressing to guarantee these people the human right to seek asylum and protection, UN Secretary-General (UNSG) António Guterres said on Monday.

On World Refugee Day, Guterres called for reflection on the courage and resilience of those fleeing war, violence and persecution, and recognition of compassion of those who welcome them.

As he recalled, the war in Ukraine has triggered the largest and fastest displacement in Europe since World War II.

Together with the women, children, and men fleeing conflict elsewhere in the world, the total number of forcibly displaced people has reached 100 million – a grim indictment of our times.

Everyone has the right to seek safety – whoever they are, wherever they come from, and whenever they are forced to flee, the UNSG stated.

The right to seek asylum is a fundamental ohuman right. People escaping violence or persecution must be able to cross borders safely, Guterres stressed.

They cannot be forced to return if their lives or freedom would be at risk. And like every human being, they should be treated with respect.

Refugees also need opportunities to heal, to learn, to work and to thrive, opportunities to return home if they so choose, or to rebuild their lives elsewhere, in safety and dignity.

In this regard, Guterres stressed that protecting refugees is a responsibility we all share.

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