UN hopes US refugee ban is temporary (VIDEO)
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NEW YORK, Jan 29 — The United Nations hopes that US President Donald Trump’s decision to ban refugees is a temporary measure and that they will again be given protection, its spokesman said today.
“We hope that the measures concerning the suspension of refugee flows are temporary as refugee protection needs have never been greater,” said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric.
“The US resettlement programme is one of the most important ones in the world.”
Trump on Friday signed an executive order suspending the US refugee resettlement programme for 120 days.
In addition, all visa applications from seven Muslim countries — Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen — were put on hold for at least 90 days.
The UN refugee agency UNHCR and the International Organisation for Migration said in a joint statement that they hoped the United States “will continue its strong leadership role and long tradition of protecting those who are fleeing conflict and persecution.”
On Friday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told a Holocaust commemoration that discrimination against migrants and refugees along with the stereotyping of Muslims were opening the door to more extreme hatred.
“A ‘new normal’ of public discourse is taking hold, in which prejudice is given a free pass and the door is opened to even more extreme hatred,” Guterres told the General Assembly. — AFP