More help needed for Syrian refugees: Amnesty International

Amnesty International says global response to the war-torn country's refugee crisis has been pitiful so far

OTTAWA – Amnesty International is calling on Canada and other countries to step up their commitments to resettling refugees from Syria.

The international rights organization says the global response to the war-torn country’s refugee crisis has been pitiful so far.

In a report released today, Amnesty says some of the world’s wealthiest countries have yet to offer a single place for any of the 3.8 million refugees displaced by the ongoing conflict.

The group is calling for at least five per cent of Syria’s refugees to be resettled by the end of 2015 with a further five per cent resettled by 2016.

Canada has committed to resettling 1,300 refugees by the end of this year, but only a fraction have actually arrived and its unlikely the target will be met.

The report comes as countries prepare to meet in Geneva next week to discuss further commitments to resettling refugees.

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