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Living in a state of no State!
Internally Displaced People cannot trust the UN to better their plight

A UN resolution passed in 1948 voted by 194 members in favour of refugees and Internally Displaced People (IDPs), states that ‘refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbours should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date’. Sadly, despite such a resolution, over 67 million refugees and IDPs still remain hopelessly displaced.

Over 2 million Iraqis left home during the US-invasion and were forced to settle temporarily in other regions. But when they returned, they found their houses were either ruined or seized by others [Last year itself, the victims were over 50,000 Iraqis, who, as per confirmed reports, returned home because they were running short of money and had no work or employment]. The story is more or less similar with other refugees too – there are over two million Afghans staying in Pakistan or in relief camps who don’t want to return because of the hostilities they would face. Millions more of the Hutu minority in Burundi, over one lakh minority Muslims in northern Sri Lanka, millions of Bhutanese who were forced to leave Bhutan by military, and similar IDPs... Beyond that, the fact is that refugees and IDPs are prone to becoming a big threat for even the host countries, as ‘refugee camps’ present optimal recruitment hubs for terrorist groups; leading to even the host countries more than ready to kick out the refugees. For those who forget, post the 1948 war, when over four million refugees wished to return to Israel [UN had passed the resolution], the country refused to accept them on the ground that Israel was not responsible for their displacement or for the 1948 war. Israel even warned that such UN steps were against the establishment of an independent Israeli state.

How does the world work towards resolving their plight? As a first step, develop a forum beyond the political UN that can be trusted by member nations. Yes, it’ll take years for this to resolve. But some start is great start for victims who have lived for years in a state of no-state.

By:- Akram Hoque

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