Plan for frozen bil­lions

The Weekend Post - - World -

THE World Refugee Coun­cil has called for up to $20 bil­lion stolen by gov­ern­ment lead­ers and now frozen in the United States, Bri­tain and other coun­tries to be re­al­lo­cated by courts to help mil­lions of dis­placed peo­ple forced to flee con­flict, per­se­cu­tion and vic­tim­i­sa­tion.

The coun­cil also called for peo­ple re­spon­si­ble for the grow­ing cri­sis of refugees and in­ter­nally dis­placed peo­ple – in­clud­ing gov­ern­ment lead­ers, mil­i­tary of­fi­cers and op­po­si­tion and rebel fig­ures – to be held ac­count­able, all the way to the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court.

Chaired by for­mer Cana­dian for­eign min­is­ter Lloyd Ax­wor­thy, the 24-mem­ber coun­cil, which was formed in May 2017, in­cludes for­mer heads of state and min­is­ters, and lead­ing busi­ness, civil so­ci­ety and hu­man rights of­fi­cials.

The num­ber of peo­ple forcibly dis­placed from their homes is 68.5 mil­lion, the high­est since World War II.

Tan­za­nia’s for­mer pres­i­dent Jakaya Kik­wete (pic­tured), a coun­cil co-chair, said “un­scrupu­lous politi­cians” were us­ing refugees to get votes “be­cause when you tell your peo­ple they’re dan­ger­ous” they re­act, and the politi­cians be­come pop­u­lar.

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