Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea met on Monday in Meerab with the Representative for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Lebanon Mireille Girard, accompanied by her Lebanese affairs’ Advisor, Dominique Tohme, with talks reportedly touching on the current situation of Syrian displaced people in Lebanon and the need to assist them pending their safe return to their homeland. Talks also touched on UNHCR’s assistance in support of the infrastructure of Lebanon as a country hosting at home about a million and a half Syrian refugees.
More than 50 ombudsmen from 40 countries are going to discuss the refugee issue at an upcoming symposium in Turkish capital Ankara, according to Turkey’s chief ombudsman on Wednesday. Seref Malkoc said that 55 ombudsmen would be attending the 4th International Symposium on Ombudsman Institutions to be held on Thursday and Friday at the presidential complex. Malkoc recalled Turkey was hosting around three million Syrian refugees — more than any other country in the world — and provided education for around 500,000 Syrian children. “We are going to try to inspire the ombudsmen of the world with our activities. We will try to mobilize people who are sensitive about human rights,” he said, adding they would be sharing Turkey’s services in this regard with the other ombudsmen. “Migration and refugees” is the main theme of the symposium which is co-financed by Turkey and the EU. The topics to be discussed in the symposium are the countries’ policies on migration and refugees, vulnerable groups including women and children, and xenophobia, racism and islamophobia in relation with migration. Turkey has spent around $25 billion helping and sheltering refugees since the beginning of the Syrian civil war in 2011, which has left more than a quarter of a million people dead and upwards of 10 million displaced across the war-torn country, according to the UN.