UN official: Excluding extremists from asylum will put UK out of compliance with refugee convention

UN official: Excluding extremists from asylum will put UK out of compliance with refugee convention
Here they come. (Image via Breitbart)

[Ed. – Correct answer: Too bad.]

In a speech slamming national governments for their reticence over open borders, the UN official responsible for reporting on counter-terrorism, Ben Emmerson QC, is set to single out the UK for setting restrictions on taking in migrants who may be a threat, a policy which he says stokes public fears of terrorism, The Guardian has reported. …

Emmerson, who has been the UN’s special rapporteur on “protecting human rights while countering terrorism” since 2011, will tell colleagues: “The United Kingdom, as just one example here, has enacted legislation allowing for the review and revocation of refugee status if a person is thought to have exhibited extremist behaviour, or if their dependents have acted in a manner inconsistent with British values.

“Legislation of this kind, with the vagaries that are necessarily entailed in such generalised definitions, runs a risk of falling short of the requirements of the 1951 refugee convention.”

Broadening his criticism to European nations at large, he will continue: “The link between displacement of people from their homes and risks to national security in the countries in which they seek refuge has been irresponsibly and misleadingly overblown in many states, with the refugee crisis being used to stoke public fears of terrorism.”

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