20 June 2012

Africa: Ambassador Rice On World Refugee Day

document

Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on World Refugee Day, June 20, 2012

On World Refugee Day, we are reminded of the courage and sacrifices of nearly 15 million refugees and the imperative of protecting civilians caught in conflict. When lives are disrupted by violence, the human cost transcends borders and spans generations. We all pay a price for crises that uproot populations.

The number of new refugees continues to rise, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Conflicts new and old, from Syria to Mali to Sudan, drive ever greater numbers of families to seek new lives far away from home. As we reaffirm our resolve to address the root causes of civil and international violence, we honor humanitarians who assist refugees and extend our gratitude to nations who open their doors. We call on all nations to fulfill their moral duty to protect civilians and facilitate unconditional access to humanitarian relief, so that those who simply seek shelter from violence can live in safety.

Ads by Google

Copyright © 2012 United States Department of State. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.