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Human Rights Watch: Turkey Pushing Back Thousands of Refugees

Iraqi, Jordanian, and Turkish border guards are pushing back tens of thousands of people trying to flee Syria, Human Rights Watch charged on Monday.

“Iraq, Jordan, and Turkey have either closed numerous border crossings entirely or allowed only limited numbers of Syrians to cross, leaving tens of thousands stranded in dangerous conditions in Syria’s conflict-ridden border regions. Only Lebanon has an open border policy for Syrians fleeing the conflict,” the statement from the human rights body said.

Turkey denied the allegations, which if true, are a violation of the 1951 Refugee Convention, which prohibits sending anyone back to – or pushing back anyone trying to leave – a country where their life or freedom would be threatened or where they would face a serious risk of torture or other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment.

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3 Responses to “Human Rights Watch: Turkey Pushing Back Thousands of Refugees”

  1. So Turkey won't let the refugees in. Well good for Turkey. We probably will get them in in the USA. More headaches for the citizen. perhaps they could be shipped to Washington DC and pitch their tents on the White House lawn.

  2. So Turkey won't let the refugees in. Well good for Turkey. We probably will get them in in the USA. More headaches for the citizen. perhaps they could be shipped to Washington DC and pitch their tents on the White House lawn.

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