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Human Rights Watch: Latin America Must Unify On Venezuelan Refugees – And Regime

September 06, 2018

The mass exodus from Venezuela is being called one of the worst humanitarian emergencies in Latin America’s history. On Thursday a prominent human rights group came to Miami to urge Latin America to forge a more unified response to the crisis – and its cause.

Since 2015, an estimated tenth of Venezuela’s population have fled their authoritarian socialist regime and the economic disaster it’s created. Representatives from 11 Latin American countries met in Quito, Ecuador, this week to figure out how to better manage that epic flow of refugees.

They agreed to make it easier for Venezuelan migrants to enter their countries. But at a press conference in Coral Gables, leaders from the New York-based NGO Human Rights Watch said they’ll have to do more as the crisis keeps growing.

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