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Refugees and migrants: part of our common humanity

Lakhdar Brahimi calls on leaders to approach the debate on refugees and migration with care and responsibility. Reflecting on the daunting challenges ahead, he remains hopeful that a better world can be built with the passion and commitment of the young.

"We must all remember that refugees and migrants are part of our common humanity with the same rights and aspirations as you or I."


Lakhdar Brahimi

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Social Inclusion: What Does It Mean for Health Policy and Practice?

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We need to safeguard civic space

Danny Sriskandarajah, Secretary-General of CIVICUS, marks Human Rights Day by reflecting on civil society's successes and challenges, noting the declining space for citizens to organise and mobilise and calling for the need to construct a progressive narrative around freedom of movement and human rights.

"Even as people are building walls and closing borders, we need to construct a progressive narrative around freedom of movement and human rights."

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The Elders urge all states to commit to universal, impartial International Criminal Court

Our statement on the International Criminal Court, following recent moves by three African countries to withdraw.

At the end of their bi-annual meeting today, The Elders called for redoubled efforts to turn the International Criminal Court into a truly universal, and impartial, tribunal.

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Building a culture of inclusivity in a diverse society

Delivering the 6th Annual Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture, Hina Jilani stresses the importance of ethical leadership and exhorts world leaders to comply with human rights norms and the rule of law when addressing peace and security issues.

“Human rights can never be a luxury to be cast aside at times of difficulties”

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Refugees: moving beyond warm words to concrete actions

Ahead of the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants and President Barack Obama's Leaders' Summit on Refugees, Hina Jilani calls on those meeting to move beyond warm words to concrete actions that will help the most vulnerable people. Published in Huffington Post and Refugees Deeply.

"For all the summits and deliberations of recent years, it is clear that the world can - and must - do more to protect refugees and migrants, and ensure that their basic human rights are respected in the process."
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In Challenge Lies Opportunity: How the World Must Respond to Refugees and Mass Migration

The Elders launch their new report on refugees and mass migration, calling for political will to ensure that responsibility is truly shared between countries, and that the vulnerable are protected.

"We must seize this moment to reaffirm our humanity and come together in our protection of the vulnerable."
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The Elders welcome Myanmar peace conference

Welcoming the peace conference convened by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Gro Harlem Brundtland calls for the basic rights of all Myanmar's people regardless of race, religion or citizenship, to be a guiding principle on its journey to a fully democratic and peaceful future.

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Overcoming obstacles on the path to peace

Ricardo Lagos, former President of Chile, draws on personal experience when he reflects on Colombia's path to peace and the tensions between conflict resolution and upholding human rights.

"The challenge for future peace and prosperity is all about building bridges and working together."
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The Elders condemn Turkey coup attempt and urge all sides to respect democracy

The Elders' statement on the attempted coup in Turkey.

"President Erdoğan now has a responsibility to act in a way that reconciles his divided country, reaffirms his government’s commitment to inclusive democracy and defuses tensions at the heart of Turkish society.” – Kofi Annan

The Elders condemn the attempted coup in Turkey and urge all political, military and legal forces in the country to respect the rule of law and protect democracy and human rights.

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