ASEAN/APEC LEAD DR JACOB GEORGE – CAN MORE BE DONE FOR THE WORLD GENUINE REFUGEES?

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There is a heinous and tragic crime here and there must be massive punishment meted out by UN and Global sanctions, international travel bans, the freezing of finances and assets of the regime leaders in international banks, their landed properties abroad seized, and all their families, relatives, children, relations and even their dogs and cats affected by this international action!

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ASEAN/APEC LEAD DR JACOB GEORGE – CAN MORE BE DONE FOR THE WORLD GENUINE REFUGEES?

Those of us who have a heart and conscience, must act and there can be no doubt that with ongoing destabilization caused by violence, wars, genocide, religious and racial cleansing and the crumbling of societies in West Asia, Syria and the region, the number of refugees and internally displaced people worldwide will likely reach a new record far beyond 60 million!

Gosh, that is a mind blogging figure!

This figure has already been stated by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Geneva.

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Mathematically this would mean that one in every 122 humans is someone, who has been forced from their home.

We have not addressed these issues in our legal pursuits, national and international deliberations, and the time is here, to address them in definitive legal lines!

How can the law be applied to those who have been victims of “forced displacement?”

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How will our world react to those who have lost everything?

Will they be victims of further dehumanization and the total void of dignity or would the world with all its complexities react with tolerance, compassion and solidarity with these people who have lost everything?

And according to UNHCR estimates at least five million people around the world fled across borders or became displaced within their countries between January and June!

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In this mindless saga are several countries affected directly and indirectly and unless more concrete and pragmatic efforts rather than lip service is forthcoming these victims have gone into a tunnel and I for one, cannot see light at the end of it!

Syria has entrenched itself as the biggest source of new refugees again in 2016!

And not far off from Syria, her neighbor Turkey was the world’s biggest host, according to the refugee agency. It currently hosts 2.3 million Syrians.

They are not alone as – Lebanon, another country bordering Syria, one in five inhabitants is a refugee, making it the country with the biggest refugee population per capita.

Unless more countries, which includes the self-righteous, hypocrite laden rich Arab states, which includes, Saudi Arabia does something – there is a bleak future all around!

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Finally, how does the civilized world and the UN react to governments, nations, politicians, who spearhead violence, wars, genocide, ethnic, religious and racial cleansing of their own citizens?

There is a heinous and tragic crime here and there must be massive punishment meted out by UN and Global sanctions, international travel bans, the freezing of finances and assets of the regime leaders in international banks, their landed properties abroad seized, and all their families, relatives, children, relations and even their dogs and cats affected by this international action!

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