Press release - 497(2010)

2010 World Refugee Day

Joint Statement by the Chairman of the Committee of Ministers and the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Strasbourg, 18.06.2010 - On the occasion of World Refugee Day, the Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Minister of Foreign Affairs Antonio Miloshoski, and the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, referred to this year’s theme "home" and underlined the vulnerability of all those who had to flee from their home and their country. They drew attention to the obligation of Council of Europe member states to comply with international treaties for the protection of refugees and asylum seekers and the necessity to collaborate with the UNHCR.

Recalling that the Council of Europe was created to protect the rights of all people within Europe, they noted that “more than ever, there is a need to ensure that the rights of refugees, asylum seekers and displaced persons are guaranteed in practice. Each case is a special one and involves a personal drama, which all the more deserves special attention and approach, especially having in mind that almost half of the worldwide displaced persons and refugees are children. The Council of Europe is well placed to contribute to the protection of refugees at pan-European level through its human rights approach.”

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