UN Member Countries Scolded

“Bigots and deceivers may be in this hall this morning!” One of the most powerful speeches at the opening ceremonies was given by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the first Muslim High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Jordan’s former UN 2Ambassador who has played outstanding roles in international criminal justice, development, and peace-building. He challenged governments to change the way they are treating migrants, saying “this should not be a comfortable summit. It can’t be reduced to speeches…to self-congratulations…before we move on. There is an epidemic of amnesia at the heart of this moral collapse…we have forgotten the two World Wars.” Listen to it at this link: Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein (High Commissioner for Human Rights), Opening of the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants


A speaker from a Syrian volunteer group (SYVNL) represented civil society in saying they are “living on the edge of hell.” Refugees need to be empowered to lead their own projects—“don’t talk about us, talk with us. The bitter truth is that we are largely failing the people of Syria (and other migrants).”