Prince Charles warns of ‘dire humanitarian situation’ and urges the world to remember those defending human rights in first New Year message
- The Prince of Wales urged world to remember those ‘standing up for freedom’
- Prince Charles shared a New Year message released on the first day of 2022
- Paid tribute to ‘brave individuals, communities and international organisations’
The Prince of Wales has called on the world to remember those ‘standing up for freedom and human rights’ in places like Syria and Afghanistan.
In a New Year message released on the first day of 2022, Charles also paid tribute to the ‘brave individuals, local communities and international organisations’ who are ‘responding to great needs by providing vital assistance’.
The heir to the throne recently visited Jordan and learnt first hand how the Middle East country has for decades been a haven for people fleeing conflict in the region including Syria.
The prince said in his message: ‘As we start a New Year, we might take a moment to remember the many people around the world who are standing up for freedom and human rights.
The Prince of Wales has called on the world to remember those ‘standing up for freedom and human rights’ in places like Syria and Afghanistan
‘In places such as Afghanistan, Syria and Myanmar, among others, the threats and reality of political and religious persecution and insecurity are coupled with an increasingly dire humanitarian situation.
‘In the face of such adversity, incredibly brave individuals, local communities and international organizations are responding to great needs by providing vital assistance.
‘I pray for peaceful resolutions to these conflicts and that we might all be blessed with the courage to support those in need, wherever they may be.’
After the Afghanistan capital Kabul fell to the Taliban many people decided to flee their desperately poor homeland despite the billions of international money poured in over the 20 years the US-backed governments had been in power.
The heir to the throne recently visited Jordan and learnt first hand how the Middle East country has for decades been a haven for people fleeing conflict in the region including Syria (pictured with the Duchess in November)
More than 8,000 former Afghan staff and their family members eligible under the Afghan relocations and assistance policy were among the 15,000-plus people evacuated by the UK.
But thousands of Afghans who helped British efforts in the nation and their relatives, as well as other vulnerable civilians, were feared left behind and humanitarian conditions are said to have deteriorated.
His message comes after the royal spent New Year’s Eve in Scotland alongside the Duchess of Cornwall.
The heir, 73, and his wife, 74, flew via private jet from RAF Northolt in west London on Wednesday, which is near The Queen’s Windsor’s home where they spent Christmas.
The royals are believed to have spent New Year at Birkhall, their private estate on Balmoral.
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall were spotted leaving Aberdeen airport last week as they arrived in Scotland to celebrate New Year
The couple spent Christmas at Windsor Castle – where they came under threat from a crossbow-wielding man threatening to ‘assassinate the Queen in revenge for 1919 Amritsar massacre’. They are pictured on their way to St George’s Chapel
It follows muted Christmas celebrations which the Queen was forced to tone down due to rising levels of Covid-19.
Instead of the usual grand Christmas at Sandringham, Her Majesty – celebrating the first festive period since the death of Prince Philip – was joined by Charles, Camilla Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex for a muted affair in Berkshire.
It was on Christmas Day they came under threat from a crossbow-wielding man threatening to ‘assassinate the Queen in revenge for 1919 Amritsar massacre’.
Jaswant Singh Chail, 19, who has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act, uploaded a pre-recorded video to Snapchat vowing revenge for the 1919 Amritsar, or Jallianwala Bagh, massacre, when British troops killed hundreds of Indian protesters.