January 11, 2020 By TheNewYorkNews
A victory for forced displacement victims in El Salvador: UN refugee agency
Turning now to El Salvador, a new law in the Central American country opens a door for tens of thousands of forced displacement victims to access life-saving humanitarian assistance and have their basic rights restored, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday.
The legislation, which was passed by a resounding majority in El Salvador’s National Assembly on 9 January, also protects, aids and offers solutions to people who may be either at risk or have already been internally displaced from violence, mainly due to organized crime gangs.
UNHCR spokesperson, Liz Throssell, told reporters in Geneva the new law was a big step forward:
“The law can have a lasting positive impact on the lives of the 71,500 Salvadorans who are estimated to have been forcibly displaced between 2006 and 2016 within their country’s borders, as well as tens of thousands more who are at risk of being forced to flee their homes”.
And for the first time ever, the law also provides for the establishment of a comprehensive national system of State institutions to prevent and respond to forced displacement.
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