President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has by proclamation declared Tuesday,20 June as “World Refugee Day”, to be observed throughout the country as a Working Holiday.
According to a Foreign Ministry release issued in Monrovia Monday, 19 June, the official ceremony of World Refugee Day 2017 in Liberia will be held at the PTP Refugee Camp in Grand Gedeh County, under the theme: “We Stand Together with Refugees”.
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 or IDPs. The Proclamation is calling on all citizens and foreign residents, national and international youth organizations as well as government agencies concerned to join Liberia Refugees Repatriation Resettlement Commission (LRRRC) to execute appropriate programs befitting the observance of the day.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says 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 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.
More than 100 Countries will hold events with collaboration of Governments, humanitarian aid workers, celebrities, civilians as well as the IDPs and refugee themselves.–Press release