Project developed with the support of Human Rights Watch and UNHCR in which I followed the daily life of 5 refugee women in Brazil and their process of adaptation to the new home. Portraits to value the beauty of these women and the warrior quality.


More info about the project:

www.vidasrefugiadas.com.br


Published Story:

http://www.unhcr.org/refugeeday/justina-story/

The refuge is an international institute provided for in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 and the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, both of which were post-World War II. Anyone who is a victim of persecution within their country has the right to seek protection in another country, a signatory to the Convention. Brazil, in addition to being one of its signatories, also signed the declaration of Cartagena - a landmark for refugees in Latin America in 1984 and, in July 1997, published its national refugee law (Law No. 9.474 / 97), contemplating The main regional and international instruments on the subject and providing mechanisms of internal protection.
In Brazil, the 2014 World Cup was a decisive milestone for the entry of many immigrants and refugees into the country because football matches provided an alibi for requesting the temporary documentation of many clandestine immigrants or not. For personal reasons, many fled from political and religious persecution, from dictatorial regimes or from terrorism, others wanting only a place to start life worthily in a new country by fleeing Africa, Syria, Cuba, Colombia, and other countries in situations of conflict.
The Brazilian State, as a signatory to the Refugee Convention, has the duty to accept and recognize refugee status for those who deserve protection. The fundamental principle that permeates the whole logic of the refuge is that no sovereign state can ever expel a refugee applicant back into the territories where their lives and freedoms are being threatened (Principle of Non Refoulement).

According to data from CONARE - National Committee for Refugees, a collegiate body linked to the Ministry of Justice, between 2010 and 2014, the country registered a rise of 2,131% in the number of refugee applications. This rampant increase is mainly due to the continuation of the conflict in Syria and the new European restrictions on the reception of refugees. By the end of 2014, Brazil had 7,662,000 refugees and, by October 2015, more than 8,530 foreigners had already been recognized as refugees, with Syrians being the largest group. This number, however, is still extremely low when compared to the reception rates of other countries in the region and the world. However, Brazil still tries to solve the problems of the slowness of the process and the accumulation of requests for refugee requests culminating in the end of 2015, with 12,668 cases still not appreciated by the Government. The current government of President Michel Temer does not have any kind of integration policy for these refugees.



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