Gulf countries’ failure to take Syrian refugees ‘shameful’: Amnesty

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LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Wealthy Gulf states have failed to resettle a single refugee from the Syrian conflict – a “particularly shameful” omission by countries that should be at the forefront of those offering shelter, Amnesty International said on Friday.

Syria’s supporters in the U.N. Security Council, China and Russia, have also failed to resettle any refugees since the crisis began more than three years ago, Amnesty said in a report ahead of a U.N. pledging conference for Syria in Geneva next week.

More than 3 million Syrians are being hosted in just five neighboring countries: Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt, placing an enormous strain on resources. The rest of the world has offered to take just 63,170 refugees.

“The shortfall in the number of resettlement places for refugees offered by the international community is truly shocking,” Sherif Elsayed-Ali, Amnesty’s head of refugee rights, said in a statement…