The United Nations named the 20th June World Refugee Day. On this day we especially remember the many millions of people displaced from their homes by war, violence and natural disasters. The Universal Esperanto Association stands in solidarity with many other organisations to draw attention to the need for international cooperation to confront the needs of refugees and work for their peaceful and safe return to their original locations, or their asylum in countries where they find themselves.
Among the many questions requiring attention is the language problem: many refugees are in situations where they cannot communicate with the surrounding people, government officials, doctors and crisis workers. As speakers of the international language Esperanto, we are particularly conscious of that lack of attention to adequate resourcing of language differences.
On the occasion of World Refugee Day 2018, we call on governments, NGOs and especially the UN itself, to confront language questions more directly and in a spirit of language fairness, non-discrimination and humane agreement.
See also: World Refugee Day