Today, June 20, is World Refugee Day, the annual occasion to remember the suffering of millions of people who have been forced by circumstances and hardship to leave their countries of origin and flee in search of safe places.
The American Center for Justice (ACJ) would like to take this opportunity to express its deep concern and sorrow for the suffering of the refugees and IDPs whether in Yemen or abroad as the world has forgotten Yemen and its prolonged war, and likewise ignored the refugees and their complicated and dangerous situations. Moreover, the international community has refrained from helping them and ending their suffering.
The seven-year war has forced millions to leave their homes, cities and villages, and to move somewhere else in one of the largest waves of displacement in recent years. Hundreds of thousands of them left the country by all available means, by land, sea and air, to reach safe places so that they can get their lives back. Unfortunately, only few of them got the chance to have a decent life while millions live in difficult and harsh conditions.
IDPs in Yemen face difficult and complicated humanitarian conditions as they live in camps that lack the most basic conditions for a decent life. They also suffer from food insecurity and lack of services and aid, in addition to the violence they face and the targeting of them with various types of weapons in an apparent intention to force them to flee again.
As for those who left the country, they face dangerous conditions to reach places and countries that provide them with security and protection. Some of these people live in countries neighboring Yemen where they endure difficult living conditions and face complicated procedures for residence, housing and a decent life whereas others face extreme dangers in deserts, mountains, forests, seas, rivers, and on the borders of the countries they are trying to reach or cross.
These refugees were distributed in all continents of the world where most of them immigrate illegally because of the procedures and restrictions that most countries of the world follow which denied Yemenis entry or transit through them except under difficult conditions which they could not abide by.
A number of Yemeni refugees died in the forests of Eastern Europe, the deserts of Africa and the Mediterranean while trying to reach safe places after violent practices had been taken against them including the physical or procedural barriers. One of the manifestations of Yemeni refugees suffering is the feelings of hostility and hatred they encounter wherever they arrive or stay.
(ACJ) is chocked that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and a number of signatory countries to the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees continue to ignore and neglect asylum applications submitted by Yemenis fleeing the hell of war in Yemen, as well as excluding them in admission procedures and marginalizing their file.
The American Center for Justice (ACJ) calls upon all parties concerned with asylum and refugees, and the signatories to the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, to pay sufficient attention to the Yemeni refugee file and strive to end this suffering and stop diminishing their dignity.
The Center also calls upon the Yemeni government to abide by its responsibilities and deal seriously with the file of its citizens fleeing the war. ACJ also calls the Yemeni government to use its full diplomatic powers with the relevant countries and international bodies and organizations to stop the violations and prosecutions they are exposed to, respect their rights, and end the crisis of this file once and for all.