WorldHuman Rights Watch: Syrian refugees returning to their country victims of violations

Human Rights Watch: Syrian refugees returning to their country victims of violations

AA / Ankara

The NGO Human Rights Watch said that Syrian refugees returning to their country from Lebanon and Jordan, between 2017 and 2021, faced massive human rights violations and persecution from the regime and the government. its militias.

This is what emerges from a 72-page report published on Wednesday by the international human rights organization, under the title: “Syria a land of death: the return of Syrian refugees from Lebanon and Jordan “, in which is explained” the perilous return of refugees to Syria “.

In interviews with 65 returnees or members of their families, the organization documented 21 cases of arbitrary arrest and detention, 13 of torture, 3 kidnappings, 5 extrajudicial executions, 17 enforced disappearances and one case of sexual violence.

In this context, Human Rights Watch interviewed three lawyers from Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, and four other researchers and experts on Syria, as well as non-governmental organizations, the United Nations, and humanitarian agencies in Jordan and Lebanon.

The report emphasizes that the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is mandated to provide international protection and humanitarian assistance to refugees.

The same source also stressed that Syria is not a safe destination, calling on all countries not to facilitate refugee returns in the absence of basic protection conditions, and above all to avoid forced returns.

* Translated from Arabic by Hajer Cherni

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