CHR urges compassion for refugees

Published June 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Czarina Nicole Ong Ki

There are so many people suffering because of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) health crisis, but the plight faced by refugees is doubly hard.

Commission on Human Rights (MANILA BULLETIN)
Commission on Human Rights (MANILA BULLETIN)

On the observance of World Refugee Day on June 20, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is urging all Filipinos to show more concern, compassion, and understanding to displaced individuals.

World Refugee Day was declared by the United Nations General Assembly to recognize the strength and courage of refugees all around the world who were forced to leave their countries in order to survive armed conflict and other forms of destruction.

The observance emphasizes the needs and rights that refugees do not often get to enjoy. Now that the world is suffering from the effects of COVID-19, the CHR said that the challenges faced by refugees have doubled.

“Ngayong panahon ng COVID-19 pandemic, mas nadodoble ang kinakaharap nilang pagsubok lalo na’t karamihan sa kanila ay limitado ang access sa resources at serbisyo gaya ng pagkain, tirahan, pang-araw-araw na panggastos, atensyong medikal, trabaho, at iba pa.

(During the COVID-19 pandemic, they face more and more trials, most of them have limited access to resources and services such as food, shelter, daily spending, medical attention, jobs, and more),” the Commission tweeted.

“Imbes na diskriminasyon at panggigipit, pang-unawa’t pagmamalasakit ang dapat nating ipakita sa mga taong napilitang iwanan ang kanilang pinagmulang bansa (Instead of discrimination and harassment, understanding and concern should be shown to those who are forced to leave their home country),” the CHR added.

The Commission said refugees are victims of circumstance, and they are only fleeing from situations in which they have no control over.