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[ June 16th 2004 ]

Citizens from all over the world will be gathering in Barcelona on 20 June to commemorate World Refugee Day. Among them will be UNHCR goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie, whose humanitarian work has taken her to refugee camps in Russia, Africa, the Middle East and more recently the refugee camps and crude shelters in eastern Chad where the actress witnessed first hand the deprivation of those struggling to flee from war-torn regions.

This decade has seen more of the world's people than ever before seeking refuge from war, persecution or disaster. At the end of 2002, 10.4 million people around the world had refugee status, according to the UN High Commission for Refugees. Human rights campaigners claim that the Geneva Convention on Refugees does not address the realities of modern conflicts, where millions are being displaced within their own countries.

BBC Online are asking for questions and comments on these issues, some of which will be put to Angelina Jolie during a live web chat. For more information, visit and join the debate.

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