‘I am sick of seeing the world as it is’: What we learned from a day of protests at the UN
New York – The world is a dangerous place for refugees, and many are coming to America, the United Nations said Friday, as protests over the deaths of dozens of people from Syria and other Middle Eastern countries have rocked the world.
“As you can imagine, we are deeply disturbed by the events that took place at the United Nation’s Headquarters in New York on Thursday,” UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said in a statement.
“The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms these actions and calls on all parties to stop the violence, which threatens the lives of so many.”
Haley called for an end to the violence that has rocked the globe in the last week, and urged all countries to respect human rights.
The United Nations says it is deeply saddened by the deaths, and is offering support to those affected by the violence.
It also said it would continue to work with other international organisations to help find and help those responsible for the violence and to provide assistance to those in need.
A UN security council resolution passed in January called on all states to “provide the necessary assistance and assistance” to Syrian refugees, but the United States, Russia and others have not signed on.
The resolution was largely symbolic at the time, with some members of the U.N. Security Council saying they would veto any move to take in refugees.
The UN says about 600,000 Syrians have fled the violence in their country and more than 1.6 million have sought refuge in neighboring countries.