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UN rights chief: US policy on migrant kids ‘unconscionable by inflicting such abuse on children’

UN human rights chief is urging the Trump administration to end new policies separating migrant children from their parents after entering the United States from Mexico

world Updated: Jun 18, 2018 14:44 IST
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Marcelino Pizarro greets his daughter, Denisse, and for the first time granddaughter Aitana, as his daughter, Fatima Paola, holds her baby brother, Matias, during a greeting for family members from both sides of the border during the "Hugs not Walls" event on the border of Juarez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas, US, May 12, 2018. (Reuters File Photo)

The UN human rights chief is urging the Trump administration to end new policies separating migrant children from their parents after entering the United States from Mexico, saying they’ve affected nearly 2,000 kids in the last six weeks.

Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein says it’s “unconscionable” that any country would seek to deter parents from migrating “by inflicting such abuse on children.”

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He spoke at Monday’s opening of a regular Human Rights Council session, his last before his term ends in August.

Zeid, a Jordanian prince, also decried concerns about countries including Syria, Myanmar, Hungary, Nicaragua, Israel, North Korea and Kashmir.

He denounced the lack of access provided by UN member states to rights investigators, noting China has accumulated 15 pending requests in the last five years.

First Published: Jun 18, 2018 14:15 IST