Amnesty International calls on countries participating in Brussels8 to put pressure on Lebanon regarding Syrian refugees

Amnesty International calls on countries participating in Brussels8 to put pressure on Lebanon regarding Syrian refugees

May 29 2024

ARK News… Amnesty International called on the countries participating in the "Brussels 8" to put pressure on the Lebanese authorities to immediately stop their campaign, which it described as repressive against Syrian refugees, which aims to pressure them to leave the country.

Amnesty International's Deputy Middle East and North Africa Program Director, Aya Majzoub, said that European financial support for Lebanon has encouraged the Lebanese authorities to intensify their harsh campaign targeting refugees with hate speech, forced deportation, and stifling measures related to residency and work.

Aya Majzoub added: European countries should increase the number of resettlement operations in European countries for Syrian refugees residing in Lebanon.

The Amnesty International report confirmed that reports by the United Nations, the European Union and human rights organizations, including Amnesty, concluded that Syria is still not safe for return and that refugees are at risk of human rights violations, including torture and persecution upon return.

Amnesty International said, in a report, that with the start of the European Union’s eighth Brussels Ministerial Conference on supporting “the future of Syria in the region,” donor governments must ensure that any funds pledged to support Syrian refugees in Lebanon do not contribute to human rights violations.

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