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UN says US must stop separating migrant children from parents

The United Nations today urged Washington to immediately halt its controversial practice of separating asylum-seeking Central American immigrant children from their parents at the southern border.

The UN rights office said, it was deeply concerned over the zero-tolerance policy introduced by the administration of US President Donald Trump in a bid to deter illegal immigration.

Talking to reporters in Geneva, Spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said, information received from US civil society groups indicated that several hundred children had been separated from their parents at the border since October last year.

She stressed that children’s rights were generally held in high regard in the United States, but she lamented that the country was the only one in the world that had not yet ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Source: AIR