The French Republic was reeling last night from explosive allegations surrounding migrant abuse in French refugee camps, with the ambassador for France to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) expressing her utmost dismay and shock with the turnout of events.
The French representative managed to stay calm and tried keeping other delegates in check by accepting the facts behind the abuse allegations as broadly true, and assuring immediate action would be taken to address the matter. The representative claimed: ‘We are in control and we have trust in our ability to manage this situation. Need I remind you all that we have faced several attacks and crises in our honourable country yet we stand tall with countless testimonials worldwide of our resilience. This is no different’, raising the spectre of Islamist attacks in Paris last year.
A few countries, like the United Kingdom and Russia, were clearly not convinced enough to trust the French delegate.
Were all delegates convinced by the cajoling speech of the French Republic? The High Commissioner, Karim Abada, did not find it quite convincing, as he said assurance to handle the situation by word of mouth would not suffice, and calling France’s speech ‘all bark and no bite.’ The Commissioner reiterated the need for immediate action, which would begin by the French representative briefing the committee on how France intends to handle the situation. He also sounded overly disappointed following the statement made by the delegate of The Netherlands when he said, ‘We think it is fair enough to let France manage this situation at a national level. As we all know, these things happen everywhere in the world and should not be blown out of proportion by making it an International problem.’
A visibly angered High Commissioner responded by claiming ‘that is an appalling statement. I just cannot believe you said that. It is common knowledge that this happens everywhere in the world but by ignoring it, eradication would be farfetched.’
France entered her place of rest in the midst of a crisis in her country, trying to move the conversation on to the refugee crisis in Germany.