Amnesty International releases Annual Report along with forecast of human rights trends for the coming year:
Says governments must ‘stop pretending the protection of civilians is beyond their power’;
Forecasts more civilians at risk of abuses by armed groups, continued attacks on freedom of expression, and a worsening humanitarian and refugee crisis; unless there is a fundamental change to the global response to conflict;
Calls for global action including renouncement of veto rights by five permanent members of UN Security Council in situations of mass atrocities;
Strong attack to the international community and to the United Nations by Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International: “The global response to conflict and abuses by states and armed groups has been shameful and ineffective. (…) The United Nations was established 70 years ago to ensure that we would never again see the horrors witnessed in the Second World War. We are now seeing violence on a mass scale and an enormous refugee crisis caused by that violence. There has been a singular failure to find workable solutions to the most pressing needs of our time.”
The Annual report strongly criticizes also the European Union member states: “The response of the EU and its member states to the refugees crisis was, with few exceptions, driven above all by the desire to keep them out. (…) EU countries pledged to take in only 36,300 of the approximately 380,000 Syrian refugees identified by UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, as in need of resettlement. Germany offered 20,000 resettlement places. The UK, France, Italy, Spain and Poland, with a combined population of 275 million people, offered just over 2,000 places, amounting to 0.001% of their populations”.
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