GENEVA, June 20 (UNHCR) – As millions of people around the globe were marking World Refugee Day on Sunday, UNHCR chief António Guterres called on the international community to do more for the forcibly displaced.
On that occasion, UNHCR Montenegro organised an interactive exhibition, called “Labyrinth”. The Exhibition was opened by Serge Ducasse, UNHCR Representative to Montenegro, Leopold Maurer, Head of EU Delegation to Montenegro, Paraskeva Badescu, Head of OSCE Mission to Montenegro and Zeljko Sofranac, Director of the Bureau for Care of Refugees of the Government of Montenegro.
Serge Ducasse pointed out that in Montenegro there were currently around 17,000 of displaced persons and that, 19 years after the dissolution of Yugoslavia, some of their needs still remained unfulfilled. He underlined that they should no longer be a burden to the international community or the Government, but that they should be providing an active contribution to the society that had embraced them.
Mr. Ducasse emphasized that while there was still much to be done for displaced persons, he nonetheless saw a hope for a better future for them and their children, particularly having in mind the last year’s reform of legislation that provided a better access of displaced persons to basic social rights and employment.
Visitors to the ‘Labyrinth’ in Montenegro were exposed to very impacting images showing difficult realities of refugee life. This, as well as many other events, were depicted in the story published on the UNHCR global website.