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    The Society of Black Lawyers will consider reporting a Charlie Hebdo's series of caricatures that featured a three-year Syrian refugee who drowned while en route to Europe as incitement to hate crime and persecution before the International Criminal Court, according to Chair of the Society of Black Lawyers Peter Herbert.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo could face legal action for a series of caricatures that featured a three-year Syrian refugee who drowned while en route to Europe, Chair of the Society of Black Lawyers Peter Herbert said Monday.

    "The Society of Black Lawyers will consider reporting this as incitement to hate crime and persecution before the International Criminal Court," Herbert, former vice chair of London’s Metropolitan Police Authority, wrote in his official Twitter account.

    One of the cartoons in the latest edition of the magazine showed the boy lying face down in the sand under the caption "So near his goal…"

    Earlier this month, a number of European media outlets published the image of the child's body, found washed up on a beach in Bodrum, Turkey. The boy had been traveling with his family and other Syrians aboard a vessel that capsized on its way to Greece.

    Europe is experiencing a rapidly escalating migrant crisis, as hundreds of thousands of people flee war-torn regions in the Middle East and Africa to seek refuge in the European Union.


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