Caring for Refugees is a responsibility of the State

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Caring for Refugees is a responsibility of the State


COLUMNS / And We Call Ourselves Humans   /   Feb 26, 2015
karuna Gupta
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In 2014, global response to atrocities by states and armed groups was shameful and ineffective. Amnesty International’s (AI) annual report shows that from Gaza to Syria to Ukraine millions caught up in conflict and violence has been abandoned by those who have the duty to protect them. The report also highlights how both states and armed groups committed violence against civilians over the last year, including in Syria, where both government forces and armed groups committed war crimes and human rights abuses with great impunity. These human rights abuses whether state sponsored or by armed groups, will continue this year unless we see a fundamental change in global response to conflict.

Civilians are made to suffer for no crime of theirs. They lose their land and money. They have to move to new regions. The children and women are the worst sufferers.

Amnesty International is asking the five permanent UNSC members to renounce their veto rights during genocides and other atrocities. By renouncing their rights, the members would give more power to the UN to take action to protect civilians when lives facing life threats.

In India, the use of special security laws to protect soldiers from prosecution has led to serious abuses going unpunished. The government has also harassed and intimidated those dissenting peacefully, in some cases for ‘crimes’ like possessing certain kind of literature, violating Fundamental Rights enshrined in the Constitution.

This neglect by states to protect the civilians caught in conflict has created the worst refugee crises the world has ever seen. The governments who have spoken at length about failures of other governments have shown themselves reluctant to move forward and provide essential assistance the refugees require.

When one has to leave one’s home and settle in unknown areas, it becomes very difficult to survive. Therefore, all leaders especially of developed nations should bring in political and financial resources to assist and protect those fleeing danger, and resettle the most vulnerable of them.

The mass atrocities should stop. The world should not allow inhuman or terrorist activities to happen in any area of the world. Full support to refugees is the only solution that can bring some smiles on their faces.


The views expressed here are those of the authors and doesn’t reflect the official policy of Janpratinidhi. The views expressed here are those of the authors and doesn’t reflect the official policy of Janpratinidhi.
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