February 6, 2023
The inhumane and humiliating treatment of Syrian refugees in the neighboring countries led some of them to irregular travel, trying to reach Europe through the Mediterranean, given the impossibility of them returning to their country because of the dangerous risks they would face
Despite the refugees’ attempts to leave neighbouring countries, some refugees were not immune to suffering during their illegal migration. During the past two years, Access Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) monitored the situation of migrants trying to leave Lebanon for European countries across land, sea, and air borders. The center documented many human rights violations against travelers during their trips.
The unwelcome policies for refugees and the pressure exerted on them to return to their countries, adopted by several host countries, violate the principles of international law on the status of refugees and the 1951 Convention, the cornerstone of international protection for refugees, that prohibits returning refugees and asylum seekers to the risk of persecution following the principle of “non-refoulment”, and guarantees the non-discriminatory conditions for treating all refugees, and includes the inadmissibility of expelling refugees and returning them to countries or territories where their lives or freedom would be threatened because of their race, religion, nationality, their belonging to a particular social group, or their political opinion.
Access Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) recommends that civil society organizations spread awareness and legal education on the concepts of irregular migration and voluntary return and that these awareness campaigns, with the participation of international actors, target Syrian refugees, explaining to them the current situation inside Syria, encouraging them to take individual decisions that will improve their situation and push for the improvement of the host country’s situation, which contributes to the decrease in tension and hate speech towards refugees, provides a better future for refugees within the current context, and equips them to make relevant decisions.
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