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UK interior minister to question role of UN refugee convention

UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman is to challenge the UN Refugee Convention
— London (AFP)

UK interior minister Suella Braverman was on Tuesday to question whether the United Nations Refugee Convention was "fit for our modern age" during a keynote speech at a US think-tank in Washington.

The speech at the centre-right American Enterprise Institute is intended to lay out an international plan to deal with the refugee crisis, a key political issue for her struggling Conservative party back home.

Braverman is set to call the UN convention "an incredible achievement of its age", according to extracts released to the British media.

"But more than 70 years on, we now live in a completely different time," she was to say, citing a study that says the convention now gives 780 million people the potential right to move to another country.

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