Tag: Refugee Week

Protecting Refugee Rights: The Role of Religion

Protecting Refugee Rights: The Role of Religion

Religious teachings and practices cannot be ignored if we are to effectively protect the rights and wellbeing of refugees. During my time as country director for Muslim Aid in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, I dealt with refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) fleeing man-made and natural...

Afghan Refugees: A People Without Home

Afghan Refugees: A People Without Home

The imminent expulsion from Pakistan is threatening to push millions of Afghan refugees into deeper turmoil. In a little over a week, a population the size of Equatorial Guinea strewn in the shadow of Hindu Kush mountain range will be forced to move abode. The mass mobilization will see nearly...

Kashmiri Pandits: The Forgotten Refugees

Kashmiri Pandits: The Forgotten Refugees

Kashmiri Pandits are refugees who have been subjected to genocide and ethnic cleansing but have been ignored by their own country. The Mughal Emperor Jahangir is purported to have said: “If there is heaven on earth, it is here, it is here.” For Kashmiri Pandits, the original inhabitants of...

Sri Lanka: The Uncertain Future for IDPs

Sri Lanka: The Uncertain Future for IDPs

Sri Lanka's internally displaced persons continue to face significant challenges for resettlement. In a previous piece for Fair Observer, I wrote about the plight of internally displaced persons (IDPs) who were victims of the Sri Lankan conflict at the hands of the LTTE, and who still remain...

Refugees and Borders

Refugees and Borders

Refugees are created by untenable circumstances within boundaries formed by the West. Late last fall, I was sitting outside in our farm yard in Vermont, just south of the Canadian border. My wife and I were remarking on the influx of the Common Red Poll, a bird not often seen in such numbers where...

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