2012 Human Rights Conference: Refugee & Migrant Rights
April 19-20, 2012
The 2011-2012 YIHR theme, refugee and migrant rights,
was selected because 2011 marks the 60th anniversary of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, a treaty that formalizes the rights of individuals fleeing persecution. The 1951 Convention complements the work of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the principal agency responsible for finding durable solutions to the plight of the world's refugees. Durable solutions include the assimilation of refugees within countries of first asylum, voluntary repatriation to their home countries, or resettlement in third countries.
|Children with milk ration at Mesa Grande Refugee Camp in Honduras.
Photograph © Bill Barrett
The 2012 conference explored the contemporary refugee situation, as well as related
migration issues. The needs of individuals in refugee-like situations, such as those
who are internally displaced or are fleeing general violence, civil war, extreme poverty,
or natural disaster will also be examined. The
conference incorporated a combination of expert panels, workshops, breakout sessions and speakers to address the many facets and challenges of the global refugee situation.
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