UN Human Rights Chief Praises Greece for Efforts to Manage Refugee Crisis

UN Human Rights Chief Praises Greece for Efforts to Manage Refugee Crisis

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, hailed Greece’s efforts to manage the refugee crisis in the organization’s annual report, while also expressing concern for the effects of closed borders on the wellbeing of refugees.
“I acknowledge the generosity with which Germany welcomed around a million people last year, and the efforts of Greece, throughout 2015, to take a humane approach, avoiding detention and pushbacks at sea,” Price Al-Hussein said in a speech before the Human Rights Council's 31st session.
According to diplomatic sources, this statement is significant ahead of the EU summit on March 17-18, which will finalize decisions on EU’s migration policy and is the result of actions taken by the foreign ministry and in particular the meeting between the UN human rights chief and Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Amanatidis on March in Geneva.


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