The United States of America today renewed commitment to providing relief to the world’s refugees.
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Susan E. Rice today said the United States commends the world’s brave humanitarians, who take daily risks to administer food, shelter and medicine to those who desperately need help.
“On World Refugee Day, we stand with millions worldwide who seek basic safety and security in which to live and work.” -Ms. Rice
According to Ms. Rice, sixty years ago, the world’s leaders gathered to affirm the basic principle that those who flee persecution deserve refuge. She said the 1951 Refugee Convention stands as a landmark in defining the rights of refugees and the obligations of states to protect them.
“Together with the important work of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the Convention reminds us that those who may lack protections due to conflict or repression still deserve recognition of their full rights and human
dignity.” -Ms. Rice