UN rights chief rejects anti-migrant moves


The UN human rights chief is sharply rejecting anti-migrant actions in Europe in the wake of the Paris attacks.

"One cannot conceive of a European continent which is going to thrive economically if borders are … fenced off with walls and barbed wire and machine gun nests and observation towers," UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein said Monday night in a talk at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

"In a century where finance and capital can move in a nanosecond … we're going to have long lines at borders while every vehicle is checked and X-rayed to make sure there are no migrants hiding in the fuel tank?" he asked.

Zeid added of the migrants: "They all have their human rights. They all should not be abused."