Refugees and asylum seekers

6 June, 2013
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Jekaterina Kirjuhina
June 6, 2013 at 7:24 pm

The United Nations' (UN) World Refugee Day is observed on June 20 each year. This event honors the courage, strength and determination of people of all age who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence.The Hate Speech Watch is devoting June to those people who have been obliged to flee their home and find their shelter elsewhere. These people are targets of misunderstanding, prejudice, intolerance and often hate speech or crime.

The Hate Speech Watch will collect new reports of hate speech against refugees and find out more about the typical patterrns of online hate content against them. We will also develop the definisions that are in connection to the different aspects of refugees and asylum seekers. We invite you to find cases that we can all leran from and report it on Hate Speech Watch be it a negative or a positive story or case. For the actions you can click on the Action Day button on this website page or you can also read the details and join the event on the Facebook Event.

The main website of the worldwide campaing (UNHCR)

You can find out more about refugees, policies and the World Refugee Day here:
The United Nation Refugee Agency

The Council of Europe

The European Union

European Refugee Advocacy Organisation

European Council on Refugees and Exiles

Cooperating partners of this Action Day:
UNITED Against Racism
VYRE, Voice of Young RefugeesADYNE, African Diaspora Youth Network in Europe
ENAR, European Network Against Racism

The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution to express its solidarity with Africa on December 4, 2000. The resolution noted that 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the status of refugees, and that the Organization of African Unity (OAU) agreed to have International Refugee Day coincide with Africa Refugee Day on June 20. The Assembly therefore decided that June 20 would be celebrated as World Refugee Day from 2001 onwards. This day was designated by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to bring attention to the plight of approximately 14 million refugees around the world.


1 Comment
  • Aileen Donegan
    June 12, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    I can't wait to get started on this European Action Day! Go team!