Throughout history, millions of refugees have benefited from refugee rights and international support. Many owe their lives to the system of international protection. It was after World War II that countries from all over the world agreed to grant fundamental rights to refugees. These rights were established in the 1951 convention relating to the status of refugees. So, what rights does this convention provide? one of its most important principles is that people cannot be sent back to their country of origin if this puts them at risk because of conflict or persecution. This principle is known as non-refoulement form or once they have crossed a border, refugees have the right to remain in safety in another country.
This includes more than just physical safety. Refugees should receive at least the same rights and basic help as any other foreigner who is a legal resident. These rights include the:
1)Freedom of thought.
2)Freedom of movement.
3)Freedom from torture and degrading treatment.
The Refugee Convention also grants refugees social and economic rights in the host country. Including the right to work and access to education, the right to provide for themselves and their families as well as the right to access health services, while some will be able to return home if the situation in their country becomes safe again and those who cannot return, remain. They can integrate into their host countries and try to get on with their lives. They learn the language, go to school, get a job and in some cases, they will even become citizens of their host country, depending on their situation. Some refugees may be transferred to a second country through a process called resettlement. They go through a very rigorous selection process involving UNHCR and receiving country.
Doy you think it is good to deny refugees their rights? Why?
What are other rights that should be given to refugees?