World Coalition of Refugee Rights
The World Coalition of Refugee Rights (WCRR) is a Refugee Agency, established as an autonomous official body of the inter-governmental organization (IGO) Ignita Veritas United (IVU), which serves as the host institution providing supporting infrastructure.
The Coalition (WCRR) is an instrumentality conducting external affairs of its own Member States, as an inter-governmental organization (IGO) possessing sovereign authority of statehood with independence. This empowers the Coalition to give governmental protection, diplomatic support and consular support to refugees, as part of its missions of effective response to humanitarian crises.
WCRR programs are primarily for refugees from various forms of warfare or persecution. These programs are also for victims of other humanitarian crises, such as in areas recovering from a natural or industrial disaster, in countries where civilian infrastructure has been devastated by war, or where extreme poverty has resulted from destabilization or sanctions in violation of international law. In this way, the IGO also works to prevent victims from becoming refugees, through efforts to help them in their home country.
The overriding principle of WCRR programs is to help refugees in their home country or native region, by diplomatic support and establishing local or regional “Safe Zones”, or to provide temporary civilized self-sufficient communities in receiving countries, equally protecting the constitutional rights and security of host country citizens. Another core principle is to provide long-term solutions by empowering refugees with the educational and consular resources to recover and rebuild their lives, and eventually return home with new skills and renewed confidence to restore their country of origin.
WCRR is much more than a humanitarian relief mission, also providing long-term solutions of sustainable infrastructure building and social-economic development. Far beyond giving temporary emergency aid, it also provides systemic resources for the empowerment of people to enjoy meaningful and productive lives, protected by human rights, for the benefit of individuals and families, and also for the betterment of temporary receiving host countries.
Addressing the Underlying Problems
Refugees are usually victims of illegal wars or economic or political interference by dominant countries in flagrant violation of international law and human rights. Refugees suffer the loss or separation from family members, the loss or destruction of their homes, the loss of all their possessions and even documents, forced separation from their home country and its culture, and sudden forced abject poverty with no means to find shelter or safety, nor to begin to recover and rebuild their lives.
Of nearly 60 million current refugees, only 33% (19.5 of 59.5 million) fled to foreign countries, while 66% were “internally displaced”, living in makeshift camps within their own country. Of those “externally displaced”, only 14% fled to Western countries, while 86% fled to neighboring “developing” countries. (UNHCR Global Trends: Forced Displacement in 2014, 18 June 2015) These facts establish that merely 4.62% (14% of 33%) of refugees actually flee to Western countries including Europe. This evidences that most refugees are not so-called “migrants”, and certainly not “economic migrants”, but rather are unwilling victims, most of whom never wanted to leave their home country, and did not want to immigrate to a foreign country.
Despite only 4.62% of refugees fleeing to the “developed” countries, there are still millions of arriving refugees, with numbers escalating from relentless wars, and the receiving countries are increasingly overwhelmed. Arguably, the Western countries should bear the costs – and make reparations to the refugee victims – for their own failed foreign policies of intervention which caused and created the refugee crises. However, due to their equally failed domestic policies, the receiving countries have been completely unprepared for such mass arrivals, and unable to respect the human rights of refugees while protecting the constitutional rights of their own citizens.
The most damaging aspect of the refugee crisis is the emergence of uncontrolled illegal “immigration” of undocumented “migrants”. This in turn allows unidentified criminal or even terrorist elements to falsely impersonate refugees, infiltrating refugee camps to gain access to the host countries. This creates serious security problems, both for genuine refugees suffering harm from covert criminals within the camps, and for citizens suffering harm from undocumented illegals within the host country.
As a result, governments increasingly seek to shut down and dismantle refugee camps as a “security risk” and “economic burden” to the receiving country. Refugees themselves have occasionally burned down refugee camps in protest, because of intolerable living conditions, serving only as “detention” camps for the host government to prevent their travel to further destinations, with no possibilities for rebuilding their lives.
Politicians and the media often mislabel refugees as “migrants” or “immigrants”, omit or deemphasize the nationalities of the victimized countries they fled from, exaggerate and emphasize that they are mostly Muslim, and blame them for crimes and misbehaviour by the few illegals falsely impersonating refugees, promoting racial and religious discrimination.
Such propaganda thus vilifies genuine refugees and whole racial and religious groups, blaming them for the failed foreign policies and failed domestic policies of the same dominant countries whose violations of international law created the refugee crises to begin with.
Providing the Ultimate Solutions
The World Coalition of Refugee Rights (WCRR) provides the ultimate solution, to properly address and effectively alleviate the real underlying problems, to resolve the decades-long and growing refugee crisis, by a combination of the following measures:
(1) Consular Support Program – Official and consular support to refugees, providing temporary emergency travel and residential identification documents, for safe passage and relocation to “Safe Zones”, empowering them as legal persons while supporting the security needs of host countries;
(2) Civilized Residence Program – Establishing sustainable Recovery Villages and Coalition Cities in autonomous “Safe Zones”, with civilized living conditions, designed to promote social-economic development, empowering refugees to rebuild their lives with dignity, as productive members of society contributing to the betterment of the host country;
(3) Traditional Values Program – Promoting shared universal values of goodness, while preserving different cultures, to advance humanitarian unity among peoples, empowering refugees to become respected role models upholding positive traditional values in Western civilization.
Temporary Emergency Transit & ID Documents
“Transit Passports” (“Laissez-Passer”) are the standard consular protocol for temporary and emergency travel only, exercising protected human rights under customary international law. These allow only transit passage through countries, only to destination “Safe Zones” in a refugee’s home country or native region. They cannot be used for any type of immigration, and are an essential means to prevent uncontrolled migration.
One of the main problems for both refugees and receiving countries is that refugees are generally “undocumented” and thus unidentified. Typically they have lost all their possessions including vital documents, and are unable to replace or obtain even an emergency passport of their citizenship. As a consequence, genuine refugees attempting temporary transit passing through foreign countries can be treated especially badly by authorities, mistaken for “economic migrants”, and the receiving countries are unable to track unidentified persons who may be falsely impersonating refugees to enter the country for criminal purposes.
As an inter-governmental organization (IGO), WCRR has the legal capacity to provide consular support and issue valid Transit Passports, as an emergency temporary travel document (UN Status of Refugees, Articles 25.1, 25.3), facilitating safe passage and relocation to an established “Safe Zone”. These customary humanitarian Transit Passports include a binding declaration of the person’s official status as a “Refugee”, concisely stating the resulting rights and privileges of such status under international law (UN Status of Refugees, Article 12.1). This is an essential measure to restore each person’s basic dignity to be regarded and properly treated as a “legal person” protected by human rights within the law (UN Status of Refugees, Article 28; UN Human Rights, Article 6).
The official Transit Passports are used only to freely and safely travel internationally to a “Safe Zone”, such as an WCRR Embassy base or Recovery Village. Upon arrival, they surrender the passport, and can benefit from social-economic development and other forms of consular support to rebuild their lives. WCRR then issues Official ID Cards to residents of its “Safe Zone” Recovery Villages, allowing them to freely move within the surrounding host country as documented legal refugees (UN Status of Refugees, Articles 26-27; UN Human Rights, Article 9). The WCRR Transit Passport for international travel is returned to them whenever they have made arrangements for legal and lawful immigration to a host country, or are able to return to their home country.
In the event that any person holding WCRR official identity documents is discovered to be an unlawful actor who is not a genuine refugee, the documents can be revoked in cooperation with country authorities, thereby supporting legitimate law enforcement measures for effective security of the host countries (UN Status of Refugees, Articles 1(F), 2, 9). As a result, the WCRR Refugee Documents Program is highly beneficial both to authentic refugees or humanitarian crisis victims, as well as to the receiving foreign countries.
Donations Needed – Every donation of $100,000 covers at least one full diplomatic mission, with travel costs and law firm support, to arrange recognition of consular documents and enforcement cooperation, and establish channels for on-site delivery of official documents in the field, with related countries in each new region of refugee operations.
Donations Needed – At the average cost of production and delivery, each donation of $330 provides life-saving consular documents to one person, each donation of $1,000 gives travel and identity documents to a small family of three, and each grant of $330,000 provides official documents to 1,000 refugees.
Safe Passage Crisis Intervention
Refugees are generally deprived of all normal means of travel for safe passage to any destination. Even for those few crisis survivors with access to money (i.e. carry cash or credit card) for travel, humanitarian visas are generally denied to refugees who are expected to apply for asylum (Human Rights Watch, Europe’s Refugee Crisis, 16 November 2015), and most destination countries force transportation carriers to deny travel services to any persons who do not hold a pre-arranged entry visa (i.e. EU Schengen Convention, Article 26).
As a result, refugees are often forced to take extreme risks to personal safety, which are often fatal, facing the dangers of unofficial and improvised travel to foreign countries. Thousands of people die each year crossing the Mediterranean sea, with such fatalities increasing by approximately 270% every year (Frontex, Annual Risk Analysis 2015, p.59).
As an essential crisis intervention measure, WCRR provides official Transit Passports as temporary emergency travel documents, and provides or arranges safe international transportation. This ensures safe passage through transit countries, for refugees to comfortably settle in WCRR Recovery Villages.
Donations Needed – For a private charter flight of 150 passengers (plus staff and equipment), one-way between nearby Middle Eastern countries, at an average cost of $50,000 per flight, each donation of $330 provides life-saving safe passage to one person, each donation of $1,000 transports a small family of three, and each grant of $330,000 can relocate 1,000 refugees to a safe zone.
Civilized Recovery Villages with Dignity
WCRR support in each region begins with emergency intervention, by improving the current temporary Relief Camps where refugees can be found, ensuring reasonable living conditions, and providing food, water, clothing, hygiene and medical supplies. Once immediate relief needs are met, the next stage is to establish a Recovery Village, either nearby or in a destination for transport and relocation.
As an inter-governmental organization (IGO) empowered as a sovereign subject of international law, WCRR can establish Recovery Villages with diplomatic extraterritoriality analogous to an Embassy. Supported by the framework of international law, WCRR can thus grant full and formal diplomatic “asylum” to all refugees who relocate to its Recovery Villages.
Upon relocation to a WCRR Recovery Village, people are no longer treated as “refugees”, but rather as “citizens” of an empowered civil society and sustainable community backed by the IGO Coalition. Each village is given a proper name, such as being named after a famous inspirational role model of positive values from the predominant culture of the refugees of the region.
Land for a Recovery Village can be arranged with a host country as an autonomous “safe zone”, obtained by land grants, or purchased at government subsidized discount costs. Each 10 hectares (25 acres) allows a complex of 5,000 units housing at least 10,000 residents, together with larger supporting buildings for community facilities, sustainable industry operations and education.
Donations Needed – Every donation of $100,000 covers at least one full diplomatic mission, with travel costs and law firm support, to arrange and secure long-term or permanent land use rights in a host country, and to arrange official recognition of Embassy status of the land base including security from the host country.
WCRR Recovery Villages are designed to accommodate 10,000 – 50,000 long-term residents, as sustainable communities with civilized infrastructure. The use of prefabricated modular housing allows rapid construction (by assembly) of a full residential complex within only 60-90 days, with energy efficient materials which keep housing units cool in hot weather and warm in cold weather conditions.
Donations Needed – For housing units of approximately 18 square meters (200 square feet), at an average cost of $55 per square meter ($5 per square foot), every donation of $500 can house one person, every $1,000 can house a small family, and every endowment grant of $5.0 million can establish a Recovery Village housing 10,000 residents.
Sustainable development is essential to every Recovery Village. By the end of the first year of operations, each new village can establish light industry to generate revenues by production and outsourcing, and implement traditional desert agriculture methods to provide organic beans, nuts, eggplants and other protein sources, with vegetables for other nutrients. Surplus produce can also generate revenues by enhancing the domestic food supply of the host country.
As a result, funding for the humanitarian needs of residents is only needed for the first year of establishing each Recovery Village, after which the village can become economically self-sufficient.
Donations Needed – At the average cost of food, water, clothing, hygiene and medical supplies, every donation of $250 can provide and care for one person for a full month, for both Relief Camps and Recovery Villages. Thus, every donation of $1,000 sustains a small family of four for one month, every donation of $3,000 sustains one person for a full year to become self-sufficient. Likewise, every grant of $2.5 million sustains 10,000 residents for one month, and every endowment grant of $30.0 million sustains a whole Recovery Village for a full year to achieve sustainability.
Development of Coalition Cities
The next stage, for long-term development in the region of a Recovery Village, is to establish a larger and highly developed Coalition City, where refugees can be relocated to for further improved conditions and expanded opportunities. Exercising the sovereign status of the IGO, these cities are established as a “Free Economic Zone” (FEZ), functioning as a “state within a state”.
WCRR cities are designed to accommodate 100,000 or more long-term residents, as sustainable social-economic cities with fully developed infrastructure, continually creating paid jobs in industry facilities on-site. Such industrial activities also generate revenues to fund the ongoing operation of the city and welfare of its residents, as well as the establishment of Recovery Villages and other Coalition Cities in other regions.
Residents of the Coalition Cities can live there indefinitely, as long-term or permanent members of the community, supported by paid employment and educational career development. This protects refugees from becoming illegal immigrants, avoiding unemployment or mistreatment by underpaid or abusive working conditions, while making them qualified and prepared for legal immigration to a new country if desired.
Practical Education for Better Living
WCRR operates in partnership with the Mobile Faculty of the IVU State College of Humanitarian Education, which serves as the Educational School providing mobile and on-site schools and educational centers for refugees, and for other people burdened by humanitarian crises. Refugees are generally deprived of access to formal institutional education, causing them to lose many years of preparation for gainful employment, or preventing them from training for new forms of employment in a foreign country. By providing the necessary practical education and vocational training, WCRR empowers refugees with the hope, knowledge and skills to rebuild their lives, and to restore their individual contributions to civil society.
This role implements statutory mandates for access to education supporting employment for refugees (UN Status of Refugees, Article 22; UN-HRC Right to Education of 2008, Article 7(b); UN Human Rights, Article 26.1; UN Economic Social & Cultural Rights, Article 6.2).
Donations Needed – Every donation of $150,000 covers costs of producing customized educational materials for the relevant language and culture, and of arranging, establishing and mobilizing an operation headed by one full-time Educational Director, supported by Professors, Teachers, translators, field equipment and field communications, for each new region of refugee operations.
Judiciary Protection by International Court
WCRR has issued a mandate to the Sovereign Court of International Justice (SCIJ), an official Court of Law operated by the independent Judiciary profession specializing in human rights, to serve as (1) the Judiciary Protector of human rights for refugees, and (2) as the Compliance Agency for operations of the Coalition, applying and enforcing international law for resolving humanitarian crises. The SCIJ Court can issue Declaratory Judgments applying international law to the WCRR humanitarian relief efforts and Refugee Passport Program, with supporting Court Orders for enforcement of the established obligations of States. Further enforcement can be provided through diplomatic relations of the Court as a “Sister IGO”, for leveraging measures by cooperating Member States of WCRR as an IGO.
This role implements a statutory mandate for access to Justice for refugees to uphold their protected rights (UN Status of Refugees, Articles 16, 32.2).
Donations Needed – Every donation of $150,000 covers costs of arranging, establishing and mobilizing an operation headed by one full-time Presiding Judge, supported by investigating Instruction Judges, translators, field equipment and field communications, for each new region of refugee operations.
Interfaith Religious Support
WCRR has issued a mandate to the Ancient Catholic Church to serve as the Programs Administrator for all humanitarian relief and sustainable development operations of the Coalition. This 12th century Church carries the early 1st century denomination of Ancient Catholicism, which embodies the timeless underlying foundations of all religions, as the collective heritage of humanity for interfaith and multicultural cooperation. The essential role of the Church is to represent shared spiritual values and universal humanitarian principles through compassion and charity, while respecting and preserving the unique heritage of different cultures and religions. The mandate of the Church is to promote humanitarian unity among peoples, by applying those fundamental principles to all aspects of Coalition operations in practice.
This role implements statutory mandates for international inter-governmental collaboration to protect human rights (UN Right to Protect Human Rights, Article 5; UN Human Rights, Article 22). It also exercises mandates for inter-faith support (UN Human Rights, Article 26.2; UN Social & Cultural Rights, Article 13.1), and for the protection of freedom of religion (UN Status of Refugees, Article 4; UN Human Rights, Article 18; UN Civil & Political Rights, Articles 18.1, 27).
Peacekeeping & Cultural Support
WCRR has issued a mandate to the 12th century Order of the Temple of Solomon, the original historical institution of the “Knights Templar”, to serve in two supporting roles: (1) to support Peacekeeping operations for safety and security within the Refugee Cities, and for protecting against external interference; (2) to provide interfaith Cultural Affairs, promoting positive traditional values from the Universal Code of Chivalry, as the common heritage shared among peoples (i.e. Arabian Origins of European Chivalry), which strengthens humanitarian unity (i.e. Cooperation of Templars and Salahadin). Helping refugees reconnect with honourable traditions and positive values authentic to their own culture empowers them to reject any influences of potential radicalization or extremism, encouraging them to be Good Will Ambassadors of their positive heritage in foreign host countries. This helps to restore human dignity with an elevated sense of purpose, motivating people to become the agents of the goodness which they desire to see again in the world.
This role implements statutory mandates to promote multi-cultural understanding (UN Human Rights, Article 26.2; UN Social & Cultural Rights, Article 13.1), support cultural affairs and preservation of traditional cultures (UN Social & Cultural Rights, Article 15), and protect ethnic minority cultures (UN Civil & Political Rights, Article 27).
Overview of Fundraising and Resulting Impact
The Founding Board of Trustees of Ignita Veritas University (IVU) has donated several millions of dollars over 10 years, to develop the programs, infrastructure, licenses, legal authorities and official capabilities of its inter-governmental organization (IGO) institutions, including the World Coalition of Refugee Rights (WCRR). At this stage, to launch active operations in the field for real-world impact, it is necessary for the humanitarian missions to be funded by the general public, through non-profit donations.
Launching full-scale refugee operations in each new region involves an average cost of $100,000 to establish consular operations in the field, $100,000 to arrange land use for safe zones, $150,000 to customize educational materials and mobilize a field operation for education, and $150,000 to establish and mobilize a regional judiciary operation for enforcing human rights.
Accordingly, non-profit funding of $500,000 can effectively launch full-scale refugee operations in each new region. (This could be accomplished by a membership group or network audience of 5,000 humanitarians donating $100 each.)
Providing full rescue and recovery has an average cost per refugee of $330 to produce and deliver consular documents, $330 for evacuation transport and relocation, $500 for long-term residence in a housing unit, and $3,000 for food and supplies for the first year until sustainable operations, supported by $840 of operational costs.
Accordingly, each donation of $5,000 can provide full rescue and recovery of one refugee with dignity until achieving self-sufficiency, having permanent humanitarian impact.
On a larger scale, an institutional grant of $250 million will establish a complete Recovery Village of 50,000 refugees, including full rescue and recovery of all its residents, with permanent impact to rebuild their lives as productive members of world society. (This could be accomplished by a movement of social media groups or a network of membership groups of 2.5 million humanitarians donating $100 each.)