6 August 1953
The 12th Triennial Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 4-8 August, 1953 in Paris, France:
The XII International Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom meeting in Paris, August 4-8th, 1953, expresses its firm conviction that the refugee problem should continue to form a vital part of the work of International Headquarters and of the Section.
Firstly: because the vastness of the accumulation of human misery and despair involved renders it one of the main barriers to the building of peace and endangers the social life of the whole world community. Roughly 60 million people are still uprooted and it is estimated that Korea will ultimately add another 10 million to the total.
Secondly: because the basic need of the refugee is for a home, spiritual as well as material, and a job, and the fact that he is without either is a flagrant denial of Human Rights for which the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom should and does unceasingly work.
The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom feels very strongly that these Human Rights should be granted to everyone – without discrimination on political or any other grounds.