LONDON (AFP) - The world's richest countries are shirking their responsibility towards poverty-stricken refugees from war-torn Iraq, Amnesty International said Sunday. Calling the security situation "dire," the London-based human rights group said kidnappings, torture and ill-treatment "pervade the daily lives of Iraqis." "The international community is evading its responsibility towards refugees from Iraq by promoting a false picture of the security situation in Iraq, where the country is neither safe nor suitable for return," it said. "Governments have done little or nothing to help Iraqi refugees, failing in their moral, political and legal duty to share responsibility for them," it continued. It added: "Instead, apathy and rhetoric have been the overwhelming response to one of the worst refugee crises in the world." The report, entitled 'Rhetoric and reality: the Iraqi refugee crisis', said the refugee situation in Iraq was "dire". "The government of Iraq and states involved in the invasion, particularly the US and UK, highlight 'improved' security or 'voluntary' returns to Iraq out of political expedience, to demonstrate that their military involvement has been a success," Amnesty said. "Rhetoric cannot hide the reality that the wider human rights situation in Iraq remains dire." Some 4.7 million Iraqi refugees have now fled their homes, according to the report, which cited data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). That was the highest level since the start of the US-led 2003 invasion of Iraq. "People are being killed every month by armed groups, the Multinational Force, Iraqi security forces and private military and security guards," Amnesty added. "Kidnappings, torture, ill-treatment and arbitrary detention pervade the daily lives of Iraqis. "People continue to attempt to flee, something that is now very difficult with the recent imposition of visa restrictions on Iraqis by Jordan and Syria." Amnesty also said that many European countries were now attempting to deport Iraqi refugees to south and central regions of Iraq. "In addition to taking direct actions forcing Iraqis to return, they are using indirect methods such as cutting off basic assistance and services to rejected asylum-seekers in order to force them to 'voluntarily' return to Iraq," the group added.