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The Forum for Development and Human Rights Dialogue Foundation calls upon UNHCR to Intervene to Prevent the Expulsion of Syrian Refugees from Turkey

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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Press statement

The Forum for Development and Human Rights Dialogue on Saturday condemned the Turkish Regime in the expulsion of Syrian refugees to Europe announced by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as part of measures to put pressure on Europe after the killing of a number of Turkish occupation soldiers in northern Syria.

The Forum considered the Turkish regime’s expulsion of refugees towards the Greek border a flagrant violation of the 1951 Refugee Rights Convention, which prevents asylum countries from expelling or endangering the life of refugees, which is certain to occur when refugees go to the Greek border.

The international convention stipulates that refugee cannot be returned, expelled or returned to a country where they fear persecution and are not forced to go to countries where their lives are feared to be at risk. The Forum pointed out that the actions of the Turkish regime confirm that the refugee file in Turkey was nothing but a political card to blackmail Europe to achieve the interests of the Turkish president, which requires urgent action by the UNHCR to save Syrian refugees from a humanitarian tragedy on the borders of Europe, condemning the crimes against humanity of the Turkish regime and declaring Turkey an ineligible country to receive refugees for violating the articles of the international convention and endangering the lives of refugees.

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