US only country in the world to vote against work of UN refugee agency

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‘We will detain and prosecute those who enter US territory illegally,’ American ambassador says

  • Harry Cockburn
  • Independent

The US has rejected a United Nations resolution on the work of the organisation’s refugee agency (UNHCR), amid American concerns over the document’s provision for immigrants and refugees.

It was the only country to block the resolution on Tuesday, with US ambassador for economic and social affairs Kelley Currie saying it would not accept the draft text because parts of the document did not reflect America’s “sovereign interests”.

One of the main issues was around limiting the length of detention of…

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