2012 Human Rights Conference: Refugee & Migrant Rights

April 19-20, 2012

The 2011-2012 YIHR theme, refugee and migrant rights,
was selected Mesa Grande 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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