Dehumaising language used for refugees similar to used before Holocaust, UN official

London, Oct. 14 (ANI): Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nation (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights, criticised politicians for using dehumanising language while addressing the refugees crisis, saying that it was a repeat of the 1938 summit which took place before Holocaust.

According to the Guardian, Hussein said the language used while referring to the migrant crisis reminded him of 1938 Evian conference, during which countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, refused to take Jewish refugees who were fleeing from Austria in the wake of Adolf Hitler’s annexation drive.

If one read through the inter-governmental discussion in the Evian conference then one will realise that things which were said earlier are similar to what is said nowadays, he added.

He praised the British government’s decision to take in 20,000 Syrian refugees till 2020 but said that much more is needed to be done.

He reiterated the suggestion made by the UN Special Rapporteur on the human right of migrants François Crepeau that all rich European countries should agree to take one million Syrian refugees over the next five years. (ANI)

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