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US News Amnesty says Turkey deporting Syrians to planned 'safe zone' region

11:25  25 october  2019
11:25  25 october  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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a person holding a sign: FILE PHOTO: Demonstrators hold placards in support of Syrian refugees during a protest against Turkish government's recent refugee policies in Istanbul © Reuters/Murad Sezer FILE PHOTO: Demonstrators hold placards in support of Syrian refugees during a protest against Turkish government's recent refugee policies in Istanbul

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey is forcibly sending Syrian refugees to an area of Syria near the border where it aims to set up a "safe zone" even though the conflict there has not ended, Amnesty International said in a report published on Friday.

Turkey currently hosts some 3.6 million refugees who fled Syria's eight-year-long civil war. But, with Turkish public sentiment towards them souring over time, Ankara hopes to resettle up to two million in the planned safe zone in northeast Syria.

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Pre-' Safe Zone '. Amnesty International was able to verify 20 cases of forced deportations . In all cases, the victims were sent over the border in Refugees and NGOs say Turkey has been deporting hundreds of Syrians in recent months — including to areas in northern Syria that are far from safe .

Turkey spent the months leading up to its military incursion into northeast Syria forcibly deporting refugees to the war-torn country, in advance of attempting to create a so-called “ safe zone ” on the Syrian side of the border, new Amnesty International research has revealed.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: FILE PHOTO: A demonstrator holds a placard during a protest against Turkish government's recent refugee policies in Istanbul © Reuters/Murad Sezer FILE PHOTO: A demonstrator holds a placard during a protest against Turkish government's recent refugee policies in Istanbul

Ankara says more than 350,000 Syrian refugees have already voluntarily returned to their country.

In its report, Amnesty said refugees it had spoken to complained of being threatened or physically forced by Turkish police to sign documents stating that they were voluntarily returning to Syria.

"In reality, Turkey put the lives of Syrian refugees under serious danger by forcing them to return to a war zone," the British-based human rights group said.

Amnesty said it believed the number of forced returns in recent months to be in the hundreds, based on interviews it conducted between July and October, but said it was able to confirm 20 cases.

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There was no immediate reaction from Ankara to the Amnesty report but it has previously denied sending any Syrians home against their will.

Syrians who are deported are generally told they are not registered or live outside the Turkish province in which they are registered, the report said, adding that people were also deported from provinces in which they had been registered.

Gallery: Who is fighting in the Syria conflict? (Deutsche Welle)

a train on a track with smoke coming out of it: Syria has been engulfed in a devastating civil war since 2011 after Syrian President Bashar Assad lost control over large parts of the country to multiple revolutionary groups. The conflict has since drawn in foreign powers and brought misery and death to Syrians.

Anna Shea, Amnesty's Researcher on Refugee and Migrant Rights, said Turkey deserved recognition for hosting so many Syrians over many years, adding: "But it cannot use this generosity as an excuse to flout international and domestic law by deporting people to an active conflict zone."

A plan agreed between Turkey and Russia this week envisages Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters being removed from a 30 km (19 mile) strip of territory along the Turkish border and refugees being allowed to return there "in a safe and voluntary manner".

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He was deported after being caught by the Turkish coastguard while trying to get to Greece, and said that after arriving in Anna Shea, Amnesty International’s researcher on refugee and migrant rights, said : “It is chilling that Turkey ’s deal with Russia this week agrees to the ‘ safe and voluntary return’ of

Deported Syrians said that Turkish officials forced them to sign forms they were not allowed to read, in In late July, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu denied that Turkey had “ deported ” Syrians but said that Turkey has never met the EU’s safe third country criteria and the recent deportations from

Addressing world leaders at the United Nations in September, President Tayyip Erdogan set out ambitious proposals to build dozens of new villages and towns in the planned safe zone along the Turkish border.

Pro-government newspaper Yeni Safak said on Friday that life would "normalize" in the Syrian border towns of Tel Abyad and Ras Al Ain, now that Turkey has taken control of the area from the YPG.

It said Turkey would reconstruct the two towns ravaged by years of war, establish security forces and a judiciary there and work to bring economic stability to the region.

(Reporting by Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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