UN: Amnesty Int'l urges govts to back UN "Global Compact" on refugees

New York, US (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International on Friday
said that a forthcoming UN plan for addressing the unprecedented global refugee
crisis could be a game-changer if governments back it up with concrete and
long-term commitments.

PANA in New York reports that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will present
a report on 9 May proposing a "Global Compact on responsibility-sharing" to
create a more predictable and equitable way of responding to large movements
of refugees.

As part of the "Global Compact", the UN chief will also call on governments to
resettle at least 10 per cent of the global refugee population, which currently
stands at 19.5 million annually.

In a statement, Mr. Sherif Elsayed-Ali, ‎Amnesty International's Deputy Director,
Global Issues, said: "The UN plan could be a game-changer, if it manages to
deliver a clear, coordinated system that will ensure that the world’s wealthiest
and most powerful countries pull their weight and collectively protect people
fleeing war and persecution."

"But its success will hinge on governments agreeing a permanent system for
sharing the responsibility to host and assist refugees ahead of the UN Refugee
Summit in September.The ball is in their court," Elsayed-Ali stated.

"World leaders cannot go on lurching from crisis to crisis, haggling
over numbers and fiddling while parts of the world burn, leaving developing
countries to host 86 per cent of the world’s refugees.

"The result is the chaos we see around the world: refugees in shaky boats,
trapped at border fences or crammed into overcrowded camps where hopes
and dreams wither.

"Too often, these scenes of despair are borne not just from war and
persecution but also of bad, callous policies. A comprehensive system
that clearly sets out the responsibility of each country before the crisis
becomes acute could fix that," he added.

Amnesty International said it will release recommendations
including five key elements needed to make the "Global Compact on
responsibility-sharing" effective.
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