#Syria | UFree: Egyptian authorities mistreat Palestinian refugees who fled from Syria

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[ PIC 04/09/2013 – 02:45 PM ]


OSLO, (PIC)– UFree Network for the defense of the rights of Palestinian political prisoners and detainees expressed its deep concern over the deteriorating situation of Palestinian refugees who fled Syria to Egypt.

The network is deeply worried over the inhumane treatment by the Egyptian authorities of those refugees; including children and elderly people.

Well-informed sources confirmed to UFree Network that arrest campaigns are still taking place in Egypt against Palestinian refugees from Syria. In addition, the Egyptian authorities are refusing to give refugees permit to stay legally and to provide them with proper education and health treatment.

The sources revealed that a family of 9 members (including 4 children) was arrested as Egyptian authorities raided their house in Al Arish city. The family was released after 8 hours of interrogation.

Reports have confirmed that Egypt deported many Palestinian families who came from Syria in violation of international law which recommends good treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.

UFree Network revealed that around 60 Palestinian refugees were deported to Lebanon, Syria, Turkey and other countries despite the fact that such step risks their lives, especially those returned “unwillingly” and “forcibly” to Syria. The families were in an attempt to leave Egypt to Europe as the attacks against them have escalated over the past 2 months.

The Network calls on the Egyptian authorities to abide by International law in that regard and to respect the rights of refugees and asylum seekers. Egypt should meet its obligations in accordance with the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1969 Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa.

It also urged the Egyptian government to secure a safe haven for those refugees and allow them to access the services of UNHCR as they are classified within its mandate.

Chairman of UFree Mohammad Hamdan said in press statement “The Egyptian authorities are responsible for the safety of Palestinian refugees from Syria and all other refugees.”

Hamdan called on the United Nations to intervene and protect refugees where Egypt failed to do so.


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