Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees


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There is a very real danger that tensions will further escalate, with the government crushing democratic institutions and critical voices.feedback
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Sep 11 2017 United Nations
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Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein quotes

Feb 17 2017

Can we be so reckless, so stupid, as to risk the future of humanity, simply for the sake of ballots?feedback

Dec 23 2016 - Congo

Such high casualty figures suggest a serious disregard ... of the need to exercise restraint in policing demonstrations. Not only are soldiers participating in law enforcement operations, but all the forces involved are heavily armed and using live ammunition.feedback

Dec 21 2016 - United Nations

The killings committed by Mr. Duterte, by his own admission ... clearly constitute murder. It should be unthinkable for any functioning judicial system not to launch investigative and judicial proceedings when someone has openly admitted being a killer.feedback

Dec 20 2016 - United Nations

The Philippines judicial authorities must demonstrate their commitment to upholding the law and their independence from the executive by launching a murder investigation.feedback

Dec 20 2016 - United Nations

The killing described by President Duterte also violates international law, including the right to life, freedom from violence and force, due process and fair trial, equal protection before the law and innocence until proven guilty.feedback

Dec 15 2016 - Aleppo

The agreement was there, the buses were in place, the first convoy had set off and was then reportedly blocked by pro-Government militia. This is inexcusable.feedback

Oct 21 2016 - Congo

This is clearly outrageous and serves to fuel an already explosive situation in the country.feedback

Oct 21 2016 - Aleppo

The violations and abuses suffered by people across the country, including the siege and bombardment of eastern Aleppo, are simply not tragedies; they also constitute crimes of historic proportions.feedback

Oct 21 2016 - Aleppo

The "collective failure of the international community to protect civilians and halt this bloodshed should haunt every one of us.feedback

Oct 21 2016 - Aleppo

Armed opposition groups continue to fire mortars and other projectile into civilian neighbourhoods of western Aleppo, but indiscriminate air strikes across the eastern part of the city by Government forces and their allies are responsible for the overwhelming majority of civilian casualties, and these violations constitute war crimes.feedback

Oct 12 2016 - United Nations

We have to be on guard to see that in the end vulnerable populations, populations at risk do not again see their rights deprived because of a view that is in the ascendancy based on false premises.feedback

Oct 12 2016 - United Nations

The use of half-truths is a very clever political device. Because as every propagandist knows, you allow the listener to fill in the rest.feedback

Oct 12 2016 - United Nations

If Donald Trump is elected, on the basis of what he has said already and unless that changes, I think it's without any doubt that he would be dangerous from an international point of view.feedback

Oct 07 2016

All seek in varying degrees to recover a past, halcyon and so pure in form, where sunlit fields are settled by peoples united by ethnicity or religion.feedback

Oct 06 2016

Less than 150 miles away from where I speak, a front-running candidate to be president of this country declared, just a few months ago, his enthusiastic support for torture.feedback

Oct 04 2016 - United Nations

I remind all State parties to Protocol III of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, including the Russian Federation, that they are strictly prohibited from using incendiary weapons in airstrikes on heavily populated areas, and that the use of such weapons by ground forces is severely restricted.feedback

Oct 04 2016 - United Nations

Such a referral would be more than justified given the rampant and deeply shocking impunity that has characterized the conflict and the magnitude of the crimes that have been committed, some of which may indeed amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.feedback

Sep 19 2016

The bitter truth is, this summit has been called because we have been largely failing. It is shameful the victims of abominable crimes should be made to suffer further by our failures to give them protection. It is abhorrent that desperate women, men and children can be branded as criminals, and detained.feedback

Sep 06 2016 - Front National

What Mr. Wilders shares in common with Mr. Trump, Mr. (Viktor) Orban, Mr. (Milos) Zeman, Mr. (Nobert) Hofer, Mr. (Robert) Fico, Madame (Marine) Le Pen, Mr. Farage, he also shares with Da'esh (ISIS).feedback

Jun 14 2016

It is hard to find a rational justification that explains the ease with which people can buy firearms, including assault rifles, in spite of prior criminal backgrounds, drug use, histories of domestic violence and mental illness, or direct contact with extremists – both domestic and foreign.feedback

Jun 09 2016 - Daesh

I do not equate the actions of nationalist demagogues with those of Daesh, which are monstrous, sickening, and Daesh must be brought to justice, but in its mode of communication, its use of half-truths and oversimplification, the propaganda of Daesh uses tactics similar to those of the populists.feedback

May 06 2016

Given these tent settlements have been in these locations for several weeks, and can be clearly viewed from the air, it is extremely unlikely that these murderous attacks were an accident.feedback

Apr 21 2016

But what we need also is for Europe to very carefully understand that painting with a broad brush produces very terrible results, and European history is filled with examples of this and I don't need to point them out.feedback

Apr 21 2016

There is a chance and I think it could well happen. We can never say that all these people who are thought to have been the authors of crimes will escape justice because we've seen in a number of cases people….feedback

Apr 21 2016 - Human Rights

Looking back, one understands that this takes a long time before the political leaderships around the world understand there cannot be unrestrained exercise of power, that there is a limit to how you conduct military operations, that there is no willingness to agree to amnesties on the part of the Human Rights Office or other parts of the UN when trying to find a peace deal for example.feedback

Apr 21 2016

We're collecting evidence, more and more agencies are collecting evidence and in time we hope that the evidence will be brought to a court of law where the person standing accused would be put on trial.feedback

Apr 21 2016

Thank you for raising this. I mean, it is absolutely repugnant that there are people in whom victims, communities, vulnerable communities place their trust, peacekeepers, who stand accused of these sorts of horrific allegations. It is incumbent on the sending country, the country of nationality, to ensure that there is no impunity. The most the UN can do is remove them basically from service by sending them back….feedback

Apr 21 2016 - Iraq

I think a more careful understanding of developments would show that these groups, these Takfiri groups (extremist groups, Takfiri means literally excommunication) have targeted Muslims, other Muslims in numbers that would dwarf the non-Muslims, with the exception of certain groups in Iraq for example.feedback

Apr 21 2016

Yes, yes, or the Security Council is unwilling to refer a case, and for that reason then, you don't have jurisdiction. When we first agreed on the statute, I think we felt that the world would change overnight, we felt that it was such a major step forward toward ending impunity that the world would change overnight.feedback

Apr 21 2016

You have to understand how the court works. The court works on the basis of jurisdiction, which can only be obtained if a country joins or if the Security Council makes a referral.feedback

Apr 21 2016

Well, the Security Council has a special responsibility to ensure that conflicts of this nature, that can be centrifugal, that can be very dangerous and that can drag in many players which is what Syria has done, be brought to an end. And clearly the fact that it hasn't over the last five years is a demonstration that the Security Council has failed.feedback

Apr 21 2016

There are four points that concern us. The first point concerns the processing centres becoming detention centres and we already see this on the island of Lesbos. We're also concerned about the humanitarian conditions, about whether Turkey does qualify as a safe third country. And finally, there seems to be an inherent contradiction between a desire to return all and individual assessment.feedback

Apr 21 2016

Well, we can keep pressing them and yes, the UN can say: we won't take soldiers from your country anymore and pressure like that. But ultimately, it's they who have to realise that the responsibilities return to them.feedback

Apr 21 2016

But the Takfiris, whoever they believe doesn't share their ideology is considered an apostate and is not fit for life, and this is what the Islamic world has had to confront almost before Europe. And clearly, we have to do more in the Islamic context, clearly.feedback

Mar 14 2016

I hope every consideration is given to the independent assessment of the fact that we certainly do not want to see blanket returns. And that these potential inconsistencies between EU law and policy are basically wrung out of the agreement, and that we have something fully in line with EU and international human rights law.feedback

Mar 11 2016

Among my concerns is the potential for collective and arbitrary expulsions, which are illegal. Border restrictions which do not permit determination of the circumstances of each individual violate international and European law.feedback

Feb 01 2016

Today, I am urging the Turkish authorities to respect the fundamental rights of civilians in its security operations and to promptly investigate the alleged shooting of a group of unarmed people in the southeastern town of Cizre.feedback

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