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

Artificial islands and luxury skyscrapers in Dubai, UAE. Source.

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…

  • It wouldn’t be the first time the ummah had to be shamed into caring.

    • They won’t lift a finger, they want the west to absorb the cost. No thanks.

    • Pete_Brewster

      The House of Saud have no shame.

      • Indeed.

        When a tsunami hit Indonesia a few years ago, the US and Israel gave so much more in terms of aid than Islamist nations did. They gave a pittance long after the heavy lifting had been done. Hell, even small eastern European nations offered medical aid and such.

  • Minicapt

    The Syrians are being treated, by their brothers, like Pallie Arabs.


  • Pete_Brewster

    Russia and China have not accepted Syrian refugees because Russia and China don’t care to be a dumping ground for someone else’s Muslim problem. They have more than enough terrorists already.

  • minuteman

    If we took all the people from war torn countries and resettled them somewhere else half the world would be depopulated and the wars would just follow the refugees to wherever they went. If you don’t want to live like a refugee don’t lose wars. At least in this story AI is calling out the arabs for not looking out after their own.