(October 10, 2015) Insider: EU-U.S. Must Take More Refugees, Get Rid of Sovereignty
Peter Sutherland (shown), the United Nations special representative of the secretary-general for international migration, is hopping from one pulpit to the next, preaching the message that the refugee tsunami proves national sovereignty is an illusion, a mere shibboleth that must be done away with.
Moreover, says Sutherland, the United States and the European Union have not merely a moral but a legal obligation to protect refugees. And that means, he makes quite clear, that the United States and EU are obligated to take in an unspecified quota but potentially millions of refugees and migrants, most of whom are currently streaming out of the Muslim countries of the war-decimated Middle East and Africa.
In an October 8 interview with UN News Centre, Sutherland responded to the question, What is your message to governments? with this reply: I will ask the governments to cooperate, to recognise that sovereignty is an illusion that sovereignty is an absolute illusion that has to be put behind us.