CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

World Refugee Day marked

06-20-2010 13:00 BJT

Watch Video

Play Video

Sunday, June 20th, marks World Refugee Day. The day aims to raise awareness of the world's 15 million refugees, of whom three-quarters come from the developing world.

The theme of this year's observance is "Home" and highlights the plight of those who have been uprooted from their homes by conflict or persecution.

The UN has appealed for all refugees to have a place to call home, whether it is in their native or host countries.

A report by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees found that in 2005 more than a million refugees voluntarily returned to their own country.

Last year, only 250-thousand did so -the lowest number in two decades. World Refugee Day was founded by the UN General Assembly in 2001.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CCTV.com

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program