Honouring our refugees

Published: Wed 20 Jun 2018 01:56 PM
Honouring our refugees
REFUGEES who have resettled in New Zealand should be acknowledged as some of the bravest, kindest and most resilient people amongst us, Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy says.
Today is World Refugee Day, which honours refugees’ strength and courage, and encourages awareness of and support for those who have had to leave their home countries because of persecution, conflict and disasters.
“We acknowledge their journey to get here, something that most of us will never be able to fully comprehend. And we also acknowledge the challenges that come with starting a new life in a new country,” Dame Susan says.
“If we truly believe in giving people a fair go, we should extend this to everyone. Human rights begin at home – and this is home when refugees arrive here.”
“I have met some of those who call New Zealand home now and I consider it a privilege.”
Dame Susan said refugees had been contributing to New Zealand for the past 70 years. “The Government has its first refugee MP in Golriz Ghahraman, and my former Commission colleague Rez Gardi was New Zealand’s first Kurdish woman lawyer –now about to leave for Harvard as a Fulbright scholar.”
Refugees have the same aspirations we all do, she said. “A roof over our heads, food on our tables, a safe place to raise children, education and employment – all the things that are basic human rights.
“I know there are Kiwis without some of these rights – if we are to honour our humanitarian obligations we can and should care for both.”

Next in New Zealand politics

On coal’s negative message to today's school protest
By: Gordon Campbell
Police officer should not have engaged in pursuit
By: Independent Police Conduct Authority
Targets overlook the 174000 children living in worst poverty
By: Child Poverty Action Group
Guidelines needed to avoid risks in government AI use
By: University of Otago
Pike Families welcome opening of drift
By: Pike River Family Reference Group
New design offers certainty for walking and cycling harbor
By: New Zealand Transport Agency
Students stage “lie in” before strike
By: School Strike 4 Climate
Youth groups collaborate to Elbow Elders for climate action
By: Generation Zero
NZEI Te Riu Roa supports student action on climate change
By: New Zealand Educational Institute
NZNO supports rangatahi strike for climate change
Current 2030 emissions targets unlikely to be met
By: NZ Energy and Environment Business Week
Ministers told emissions targets difficult to achieve
By: NZ Energy and Environment Business Week
‘Zero Carbon Bill’ opens for submissions
By: Office of the Clerk
Lincoln supporting Climate Change Bill
By: Lincoln University
Major underestimates of climate change in MoE documents
By: Extinction Rebellion
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media