Respect international laws on migrants - Guterres

'But letter to Rome govt from figure independent from UN'

(ANSA) - New York, May 20 - International laws on protecting refugees must be respected, the spokesman of UNited Nations chief Antonio Guterres said Monday.
    "We don't want to go into Italian laws but Guterres' message is that international norms on the protection of refugees must be respected," said Stephane Dujarric.
    "Refugees and migrants must be treated with dignity and respect for their human rights," he said.
    He said a letter criticising the Italian government's proposed fines for migrant rescuers "was sent by one of the special rapporteurs, figures who play an important role but who are independent of the UN".


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