The countries of the region cannot continue to bear the burden of millions of refugees. It’s time for Europe and the United States to step up to the plate.
Bill Frelick, director of Human Rights Watch's refugee policy program, monitors, investigates, and documents human rights abuses against refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced persons, and advocates for the rights and humanitarian needs of all categories of forcibly displaced persons around the world. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Frelick directed Amnesty International USA's refugee program and the US Committee for Refugees (USCR), which he served for 18 years.
One got a glorious homecoming. The other was left to rot. Bill Frelick on the paradoxes of justice, Libya-style—and the perils of pretending Gaddafi has changed his stripes.