Annual Report 2013
The state of the world's human rights

4 October 2013

Egypt must not return refugees to Syria

Egypt must not return refugees to Syria
36 Refugees from Syria were then taken by bus to Cairo airport and returned by plane.

36 Refugees from Syria were then taken by bus to Cairo airport and returned by plane.

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Egypt must immediately halt all detention and deportation of refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria. Amnesty International urges the Egyptian authorities to respect international law by not sending refugees back to a bloody conflict in which more than 100,000 have already been killed.
Source: 
Philip Luther, Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International.

36 refugees from Syria, many of Palestinian origin, have been deported to Syria today, according to information received by Amnesty International.

Egypt must immediately halt all detention and deportation of refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria. Amnesty International urges the Egyptian authorities to respect international law by not sending refugees back to a bloody conflict in which more than 100,000 have already been killed,” said Philip Luther, Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International.

Amnesty International has been told that the group was arrested in September while they were trying to get to Europe by boat from Egypt. They were taken to the Rashid police station, in the Beheira governorate, where they were detained for 13 days.

Local Egyptian activists told Amnesty International that late last night the refugees were forced to sign a document saying they are willing to go back to Syria. They were then taken by bus to Cairo airport and returned by plane.

Hundreds of refugees from Syria have been arrested while trying to go to European countries and many remain detained. This includes two unaccompanied minors, aged 15 and 16, who are currently in Rashid police station where they are at risk of deportation.

Issue

Armed Conflict 
Refugees, Displaced People And Migrants 

Country

Egypt 

Region

Middle East And North Africa 

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