UN rights chief fears ‘race to repel’ migrants


The UN human rights chief is denouncing a growing “race to repel” migrants and refugees by some European governments, and says he plans to raise his concerns in Brussels before a European Union summit next week.

In his annual report to the Human Rights Council, Zeid Raad al-Hussein said a draft EU-Turkey agreement on handling the migration crisis announced this week raises serious concerns, including “the potential for collective and arbitrary expulsions” from the bloc.

Zeid used Thursday's broad-ranging speech to chronicle concerns on issues including some 300 reported police killings of African-Americans in the United States last year; “signals” that Russia wants to close the UN human rights office there; ongoing violence in Burundi, Syria, Libya, Yemen and South Sudan; and arrests of lawyers and activists in China.