UN Global Perspective: focus on terrorist attacks in Paris

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Syrian refugees who fled across the Peshkhabour border into Kurdistan in northern Iraq. File Photo: UNHCR/G. Gubaeva

US fears over terrorist "fifth column" among refugees: "far from the truth"

Fears are now being expressed in the United States over the possibility of terrorists entering the country along with Syrian refugees. The New York-based spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has said those fears are understandable, but unfounded. More than half of the total of 50 US state governors say they want to stop Syrians from being resettled in their states, claiming that terrorists will be hiding among them. Matthew Wells asked OHCHR spokesperson, André-Michel Essoungou, what concerned him about the fears being voiced by politicians inside the US.

Round table on "Faith, Identity and the Promotion of Peace in the Aftermath of Genocide”. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

 

"Absolute evil" of terrorist attacks have historical precedent

The terrorist attacks in the French capital have been described as acts of "absolute evil" by a participant of a Holocaust event at UN headquarters. The event focused on the promotion of peace in the aftermath of genocide. Menachem Rosensaft is General Counsel of the World Jewish Congress and took part in the meeting. Daniel Dickinson began by asking him how he saw the recent events in Paris.

 

View of Paris, France, from UNESCO headquarters. UN Photo/Mark Garten

"Hateful ideology" behind Paris terrorist attacks

The terrorists who carried out the multiple murders of innocent people were promoting a "hateful ideology" according to a United Nations independent expert. Karima Bennoune is the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights. Cristina Silveiro asked her to characterize the attacks.

Presenter: Daniel Dickinson
Production Assistant: Ana Carmo
Duration: 10'00″

 

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