World Refugee Day, June 20th!
June 20th is World Refugee Day. World Refugee Day was established by the
United Nations General Assembly on the 4th of December 2000. World Refugee
Day aims to increase global awareness of issues relating to the support
and protection of refugees, and to deepen the understanding of the activities
undertaken by the United Nations and various NGOs.
Following the United Nations' establishment of the Convention Relating
to the Status of Refugees in 1951, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has worked
to protect refugees all over the world. Japan became a signatory of the
Convention in 1981, and is therefore committed to protecting refugees in
accordance with the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act.
Western Japan's World Refugee Day assembly was first held in 2006, which
means we have been dealing with the problems faced by refugees in Japan
for nearly 10 years.
The Number of Refugees in Japan is
As a result of conflict and other troubles in various parts of the world,
the number of refugees seeking asylum in Japan is increasing rapidly. 5,000
applications were made in 2014, but only 11 of these applicants were recognised
as refugees. Most refugees lead uncertain and unstable lives here in Japan.
These people have the same hopes and desires as the rest of us: to live
with their families in a peaceful and secure society.
Growing Rapidly! 5,000 Asylum Seekers
Now Need Our Protection!
We invite you all to think about Japan's approach to issues of asylum,
and to consider them in relation to the UN's efforts to support refugees
all over the world.
Date & Time: Sunday 28th June, 13:00-16:30
Location: Osaka University Nakanoshima Center 10th Floor, Saji Keizo Memorial Hall
(Zip code)530-0005 Osaka City, Nakanoshima 4-3-53
A lecture by Naoko Obi, an UNHCR legal representative in Japan:
"The UN's Efforts to Deal with Refugees All Over the World" (Provisional Title)
Case Studies as Described by Refugees Themselves
Explanations of Court Cases for Refugees
Reports etc. on the Efforts of NGOs who Support Refugees
Photo Exhibitions, NGO Stalls etc.
Please let us know if you require interpretation services.
Organised by: World Refugee Day 2015 Western Japan Action Committee
In Conjunction With: GLOCOL (Osaka University Global Action Centre)
With Support From: UNHCR Representation in Japan, Amnesty International
Japan Lawyers Network for Refugees(JLNR), FRJ (Forum for Refugees Japan),
Kansai NPO Alliance
And Assistance From: Nanmin Now!
Contact Details: RAFIQ (The Network that Promotes Co-Existence with Refugees
Osaka-fu, Takatsuki-shi, Otemachi 6-24
Fax: 072-684-0231 Mail: email@example.com
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