Friday, February 13, 2009

2010 World Rally for Refugees' Right to Return

2010 World Rally for Refugees' Right to Return

We urgently need a World Rally for Refugees' Right to Return in 2010.

We know no people without a land to call home.

We know no people who do not share a land with others.

We know no people who have prospered by rejecting the land of their ancestors.

We, all of us, know of no people who are content to be deprived of the option to live their lives in a land of their ancestors' birth, as well as have the option to live elsewhere.

No one is exempt from Hope. No one is exempt from Hope, whether bowed or defiant in Despair.

Hope lives in the human heart, that "thing with feathers."

Is a year of the RIGHT to RETURN possible?

During the 2010 Year of Return Palestinians, Hindus, Muslims, Jews, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Tamils, Kurds, indigenous Peoples, dislocated Peoples, victims of ethnic cleansing, dispossessed Peoples, de-recognized or unrecognized Peoples, ecological refugees, climate refugees, farmers, refugee growers and displaced gatherers of food, refugee practitioners of traditional forest and bush medicine, refugee craftspeople, ALL will have the unfettered opportunity to return peacefully and without hindrance, they will have the Right to Return.

This has to be a Refugees Without Borders Peoples' Movement.

No government of a sovereign state can hope to succeed, nor does any government or intergovernmental agency have the ethical courage and political will to either order or block the universal human Right to Return. Governments, liberation groups like Hamas, ALL groups that stake a claim for the right to return, member-states of the UN, the agencies and organizations of the UN, need the driving force of borderless civil society, people like you and me, to help them focus an entire year on The Right to Return of ALL refugee Peoples. Only then can the refugee movement succeed.

It will not be easy. But such a world movement is fraught with ethical, civilizational possibility.

Can we collectively plan and implement a 2010 World Rally for Refugees' Right to Return? It is an ethical responsibility of borderless civil society everywhere.
Chithra KarunaKaran
Ethical Democracy As Lived Practice


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