Remember those defending human rights, says Charles in New Year message

The Prince of Wales called on the world to remember those who “stand up for freedom and human rights” in countries like Syria and Afghanistan.

In a New Year’s message released on the first day of 2022, Charles also paid tribute to “courageous individuals, local communities and international organizations” who “respond to great needs by providing vital assistance”.

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The heir to the throne recently visited Jordan and learned firsthand how the Middle Eastern country has been a haven for people fleeing conflict in the region, including Syria, for decades.

The prince said in his message: “As we start a new year, we can take a moment to remember the many people around the world who stand up for freedom and human rights.

“In places like Afghanistan, Syria and Myanmar among others, the threats and realities of political and religious persecution and insecurity are tied to an increasingly dire humanitarian situation.

“In the face of these adversities, incredibly brave individuals, local communities and international organizations respond to great needs by providing vital assistance.

“I pray for peaceful solutions to these conflicts and that we will all be blessed with the courage to support those in need wherever they may be.”

After the Afghan capital Kabul fell to the Taliban, many people decided to flee their desperately poor homeland, despite the billions of international funds in power over the 20 years of US-backed governments.

More than 8,000 former Afghan workers and their families eligible under the Afghan resettlement and assistance policy were among the more than 15,000 people evacuated from the UK.

But thousands of Afghans who supported British efforts in the country and their families, as well as other vulnerable civilians, were feared they would be left behind and humanitarian conditions reportedly deteriorated.

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