WHEREAS, these ten million refugees, half of whom are children, are from many
areas of the world: Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, the Caribbean,
Eastern Europe, and Southeast Asia; and
WHEREAS, political instability and repressive regimes in many countries will
tend to exacerbate the refugee problem so that it becomes a permanent condition
of life; and
WHEREAS, Unitarian Universalists, as the victims of religious persecution in
the past, are sensitive to the plight of refugees;
BE IT RESOLVED: That the 1980 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist
Association affirm its support of the work of the United Nations High
Commissioner on Refugees in seeking repatriation of refugees whenever possible,
or resettlement in the country of asylum or a third country whenever necessary,
as well as the work of UNICEF and other intergovernmental and voluntary agencies
in their efforts to relieve the situation of refugees; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That this Assembly commend the efforts of the United
States and Canadian governments to assist in immediate relief and resettlement
of refugees; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That this Assembly urge local societies and
individuals to support their government's efforts in assisting refugees; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That this Assembly urge local societies to
investigate ways to aid refugees through programs of sponsorship, language
lessons, vocational training, and other forms of community support as well as
programs of education and consciousness raising on the refugee problem for their
members and local communities.
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