MONRVIA, June 19 (LINA) – President George Manneh Weah has by Proclamation declared Thursday, June 20, as « World Refugee Day” and is to be observed throughout the Republic as a Working Holiday.
World Refugee Day is particularly commemorated to acknowledge the difficulties faced by refugees forced to cross international borders as well as those who remain within their countries as internally displaced persons (IDPs).
According to a Foreign Ministry release, the official ceremony of this year’s “World Refugee Day” in Liberia, will be celebrated in Monrovia as well as in refugee concentrated counties, including Nimba and Grand Gedeh.
The event will be celebrated under the theme:”#Taking A Step With Refugees# »
The Proclamation is calling on all citizens and foreign residents, national and international youth organizations as well as government agencies concerned to join the Liberia Refugees Repatriation Resettlement Commission (LRRRC) to execute appropriate programs befitting the observance of the Day.
With the variety of programs, more than 100 countries will hold events with the collaboration of governments, humanitarian aid workers, celebrities, civilians as well as the IDPs and refugees themselves.
World Refugee Day serves as a platform to raise awareness and promote solidarity with refugees through social media and radio programs that will enable UNHCR to disseminate information on the different durable solutions, notably voluntary repatriation and local integration.
The Proclamation says as a founding member of the United Nations, the Government of Liberia has reaffirmed its commitment to protecting internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees.
The United Nations General Assembly adopted Regulation 55/76, declaring June 20 of each year as “World Refugee Day” to be celebrated by Member States in recognition of the courage and resilience of more than 50 million persons around the world who have been forced to flee their homes due to conflicts or human rights abuses, the Proclamation declared.