Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Two Human Rights Group condemn UN for failing to protect refugees

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The planned outcome document for next week's United Nations summit on refugees falls short of what is needed to deal with the massive crisis, two prominent human rights groups said Tuesday.
In separate statements, Human Rights Watch called the draft of the final document "a missed opportunity," and Amnesty International accused member states of stripping away any proposals of substance.
"The U.N. summit has been sabotaged by states acting in self-interest, leaving millions of refugees in dire situations around the world on the edge of a precipice," said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

Amnesty said the outcome document had been rendered toothless after member states removed a clause asking governments to resettle 10 percent of the world's refugees each year, thus making sure there was no obligation to take in a specific number of people.

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