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70th Anniversary of the UNHCR

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Luigi Di Maio, joins the celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) emphasising that: “Since the early days of the Geneva-based organization, Italy has supported the protection of refugees and displaced and stateless persons as a prerequisite for building a fairer world.”

According to the Foreign Minister, “since the post-war period, the geographical areas where people are most vulnerable may have changed, but not the rightful human need to assist them, a mission in which the Geneva-based organisation has played a fundamental role worldwide. Even in theatres of war and other highly precarious environments, the UNHCR continues to provide a fundamental contribution to protecting the inviolable rights of human beings, including, in particular, those enshrined in Article 10 of the Italian Constitution”.

“Italy will continue to support with conviction the High Commissioner’s commitment and to collaborate with the UNHCR to ensure that all fundamental individual rights are constantly protected,” Minister Di Maio stressed. “Over the last 70 years, history has unfortunately shown us that there will always be the need to ensure respect of the right to asylum, and Italy will consistently be at the forefront of this challenge, side by side with the UNHCR”.