PH ‘safe haven’ ng refugees – UNHCR

PH ‘safe haven’ ng refugees – UNHCR

MANILA, Philippines – The United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR) praised the Philippines for its invaluable efforts to make the country a ‘safe haven’ for refugees and vulnerable groups.

In a statement at the same time as the meeting with Department of Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla in Geneva, Switzerland, UNHR Filippo Grandi said that this is wonderful and Southeast Asian countries should emulate what the country is doing.

“Mr. Grandi recognized the many positive gestures from the Philippines, citing that the country has been a good example in the Southeast Asian region,” anang Philippine Mission.

“Mr. Grandi reiterated the need for solidarity of the international community in addressing humanitarian challenges, and said that the Philippines and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) can contribute in this regard,” dagdag pa nito.

Remulla also mentioned to Grandi the past humanitarian priorities and other initiatives of the Philippines.

“This year alone, the Philippines has acceded to the 1961 Statelessness Convention, enacted the Foundling Act, established an inter-agency committee to protect persons of concern, and piloted the Complementary Pathways program for Rohingyas.”

In conclusion, strong support was also extended to Remulla for the country’s commitment to contribute significantly to the global humanitarian agenda.

The Secretary led the Philippine delegation in Geneva for the Enhanced Interactive Dialogue at the UN Human Rights Council and the revalidation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Ambassador Evan P. Garcia, Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the UN in Geneva; DOJ Undersecretaries Jesse Hermogenes T. Others at Raul T. Vasquez; Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Assistant Secretary Kira Danganan Azucena; Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Delegate Maria Teresa T. Almoquela; the other officials will be from the DFA and Department of Finance. RNT/JGC

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