«It’s not enough to honor millions of #refugees with an Olympic team of their own — they need rights, not medals. As long as millions remain displaced, it remains important to build broad and global movements to defend their rights»
«At the time of the Rio Olympics five years ago, 65 million people were forcibly displaced. This year, that figure has soared to over 82 million. If it were its own country, Refugee Nation would be the 20th most populous country on earth, right between Thailand and Germany»
«Rights guaranteed by the #UniversalDeclarationofHumanRights include “freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each State",the right “to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution",and the right to return to their homes when hostilities are over»
«Unfortunately, from the dangerous waters of the Mediterranean to the arid U.S.-Mexico border, those rights are often denied. It’s a grim thing indeed that there are more people displaced now than at any time since World War II»

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