During today’s United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein addressed world leaders with powerful words on our global failure to act in the face of bigotry, racism, and a growing refugee crisis. Watch the video:
The bitter truth is, this summit was called because we have been largely failing. Failing the long-suffering people of Syria, in not ending the war in its infancy. Failing others in now-chronic conflict zones, for the same reason. Failing millions of migrants who deserve far more than lives marked by cradle-to-grave indignity and desperation.
It is shameful the victims of abominable crimes should be made to suffer further by our failures to give them protection. It is abhorrent that desperate women, men and children can be branded as criminals, and detained for months, even years, incurring further damage to their physical and mental health.
– Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights