The human rights organization Amnesty International called on the Lebanese authorities to immediately stop the forced deportation of Syrian refugees to Syria, to the territories controlled by the Bashar al-Assad regime.
The organization has published an updated report on Syrian refugees who have decided to be deported from Lebanon in early September. The procedure was suspended after the issue received widespread publicity through media coverage.
Amnesty International’s Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Heba Moraif noted that on 5 September six Syrian refugees entered Lebanon illegally. However, despite all the threats to their lives, the security forces of this country decided to deport them back to Syria.
According to her, the Lebanese authorities are well aware of what awaits these refugees in case of deportation to Syria.
“We recently documented how the Syrian authorities use torture, arbitrary arrest and forced detention against those who fled the country. By returning these refugees to Syria, Lebanon will violate international law, ”she said.
Moraif called on the Lebanese authorities to end the forced deportation of refugees, respect their rights and provide them with legal protection.
Earlier in 2019, the Lebanese authorities decided to deport all refugees who entered the country illegally.
Thereafter, Syrian refugees who fled to Lebanon faced the threat of forcible return to their country.
The head of the Lebanese National Security Directorate, Abbas Ibrahim, said on September 8 that the six Syrian refugees would not be handed over to the Assad regime.
However, Amnesty International reports that contrary to Ibrahim’s statement, the passports of these refugees are still in the Syrian embassy in Beirut.
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