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Στo 1againstracism.gr, την πλατφόρμα της εκστρατείας κατά του ρατσισμού της Ύπατης Αρμοστείας του ΟΗΕ για τους Πρόσφυγες, διαβάστε μια συνέντευξη του Karim Lahidji, προέδρου της Διεθνούς Ομοσπονδίας για τα Δικαιώματα του Ανθρώπου, με τίτλο:

«Σε έναν παγκοσμιοποιημένο κόσμο, πώς μπορεί η Ευρώπη να υψώνει τείχη;»

Στα τέλη Δεκεμβρίου 2014, μια έκθεση-σταθμός για την Ελλάδα παρουσίασε για πρώτη φορά εις βάθος και λεπτομερώς το πώς η αντιμετώπιση της οικονομικής κρίσης επηρέασε τα δικαιώματα και τις ελευθερίες στη χώρα. Η έκθεση εξηγεί πώς προσβλήθηκαν ή υπονομεύθηκαν τα οικονομικά, κοινωνικά και πολιτιστικά δικαιώματα εν μέσω κρίσης, ενώ παράλληλα περιγράφει τους περιορισμούς και τις επιθέσεις ενάντια στα ατομικά και πολιτικά δικαιώματα. Σε αυτό το πλαίσιο, η έκθεση εξετάζει την άνοδο της Ακροδεξιάς, που οικοδομήθηκε πάνω στη ματαίωση και την οργή τις οποίες παρήγαγε η κρίση, με τραγικό αντίκτυπο στις ζωές εκατοντάδων μεταναστών και προσφύγων στην Ελλάδα.

«Θα χρειαστεί μεγαλύτερη προσπάθεια, από τη μεριά του κράτους και της κοινωνίας, για να αντιμετωπιστούν αποτελεσματικά οι κοινωνικές, πολιτικές και οικονομικές συνθήκες οι οποίες εξέθρεψαν τον ακροδεξιό εξτρεμισμό», σημειώνουν οι συντάκτες της έκθεσης – η Διεθνής Ομοσπονδία για τα Δικαιώματα του Ανθρώπου (FIDH) και η οργάνωση-μέλος της, Ελληνική Ένωση για τα Δικαιώματα του Ανθρώπου (ΕλΕΔΑ). Κατά την παρουσίαση των συμπερασμάτων της έκθεσης, ο πρόεδρος της FIDH, Karim Lahidji, μίλησε στο 1againstracism.gr για τις επιπτώσεις της διαχείρισης της κρίσης στα άτομα αλλοδαπής καταγωγής που βρίσκονται στη χώρα.

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NATIONS UNIES
LE HAUT COMMISSAIRE
POUR LES REFUGIES

UNITED NATIONS
THE HIGH COMMISSIONER
FOR REFUGEES

Case postaJe 2500
1211 Genève2
Suisse

5 February 2015

 

Dear Mr. Dalaras,

1 wish to take this opportunity to share with you, as a highly-valued member of the family of UNHCR Goodwill Ambassadors and High Profile Supporters, my reflections on the past year, as well as to convey my deepest appreciation to you for the contributions you have made on behalf of refugees. The work you do to help us raise awareness and support for people whose lives have been torn apart by war and violence is vital. Collectively, your field missions, films, social media outreach and participation in special events have enabled  us to reach millions of people with advocacy messages and calls to action.  Given the state of the world today, these humanitarian efforts are more important than ever.

The number of persons of concern to UNHCR stands at an all-time high. By  June 2014, the level  of human displacement had exceeded 51 million people; the highest  numbers since World War Two.  Old and new conflicts, violence and persecution forced at least 7 million people  from  their homes  in 2014 alone, and many thousands died trying to get to safety.

During my missions to emergency operations last year, I met with many refugees and displaced families. They shared their heartbreaking stories, bringing to light the true cost of war and violent conflict. Despite all they have endured, they showed me the unassailable strength of the human spirit. Their hope and perseverance are inspirational and contribute enormously to the courage and resilience of UNHCR staff who work in some of the most difficult and dangerous places on earth.

While we work to protect, assist and uphold the dignity of the people we serve, refugees are not always made to feel welcome, and the rising sentiments of xenophobia and intolerance in some parts of the world affect them deeply. I am grateful that the vast majority of host countries and communities around the globe continue to challenge these sentiments by taking in refugees and sheltering them from conflict and persecution. In neighbourhoods and camps, in schools and hospitals, in community centres and places of worship, in government oftices and grassroots organizations, there are countless examples every day of people sharing what they have with those who have lost everything to violence and war. We must do everything we can to support and promote humanitarian action, in all its forms and at all levels, throughout our societies.

 

Mr. George Dalaras
UNHCR  Goodwill Ambassador

 

The year also marked the launch of UNHCR’s campaign to end statelessness within  a  decade. Statelessness violates the human rights of over 10 million people who  are made to feel that their very existence is a crime. We have a clear and realistic path to eliminate statelessness. The campaign is the first step in what will have to be a sustained effort, working closely with governments and civil society across the globe, to bring about the necessary legislative changes to prevent new cases of statelessness and resolve existing situations by 2024. Many of you, as Goodwill Ambassadors and High Profile Supporters, have already joined the campaign by signing the #iBelong open letter on http://ibelong.unhcr.org/. 1 hope you will continue to bring visibility and inspire highlevel support for this important initiative.

In the past year, UNHCR received strong support from donors, but the needs were unprecedented. With an increasing share of our resources being required for the Syria emergency, many operations around the world have become “forgotten crises” and more funds are urgently needed. I will not shy away from saying that I am concerned about the year ahead; March 2015 will mark the fourth anniversary of the Syrian conflict and a number of massive humanitarian crises rage on, displacing thousands of people each day. For eveiy refugee who we are able to assist to return home or resettle in a new country, there are countless more being forced from their homes or living in protracted displacement.

I have no doubt that, together, we will face the challenges of 2015 in the same spirit of compassion and determination that guided us through 2014. Your continued commitment will be vital to our success.  By amplifying the voices of refugees and other persons of concern and advocating for  their  needs,  you continue to generate invaluable support  from  individuals around the world.   Each of the over 51 million

forcibly displaced people worldwide has a story that needs to be heard, a family that needs to be reunited and a life that needs to be rebuilt, I am grateful to call you a partner in this important fight and look forward to our continued work together.

 

Antonio Guterres

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