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Amnesty: UK 'failing' Syrian refugees

Syrian refugees in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley are facing freezing temperatures. Photo: REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Amnesty International says the UK and European leaders should "hang their heads in shame" over the paltry numbers of refugees from Syria they are prepared to resettle.

The human rights organisation said the number of Syrians the EU is prepared to resettle is "truly pitiful".

The UK is one of a number of EU countries who have offered no resettlement or humanitarian places, Amnesty added.

The Government says it has no plans to plans to resettle or provide temporary protection to Syrians, but would consider individual asylum claims.

Amnesty International has released a film trailer criticising the government for its "inaction".

The film named The Apathetics labels EU leaders as the "inaction team with a plan to do nothing".

The platitudes of Europe’s leaders ring hollow in the face of the evidence. The EU must open its borders, provide safe passage, and halt these deplorable human rights violations

– Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.
The worst of winter is yet to come for 2.2 million refugees living outside Syria. Credit: REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

The International Development Secretary Justine Greening has said that Britain would provide a further £60 million to help Syrian refugees to get through one of the harshest winters yet.

Justine Greening has pledged £60m to help Syrian refugees on the ground. Credit: REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

The UK has already committed £500 million to help those affected by the Syrian conflict - Britain's largest ever response to a humanitarian crisis.

Amnesty International said 55,000 refugees from Syria have managed to reach an EU country and claim asylum but many risk their lives to do so.

So far 10 member states have together offered 12,000 humanitarian places to those affected by the crisis - 0.5% of the 2.3 million people who have fled Syria.