8 NGOs Demand Lebanon to 'Stop Deporting' Syria's Palestinian Refugees

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Civil society on Tuesday called on Lebanese authorities to “immediately stop the deportation” of Palestinian refugees fleeing war-stricken Syria.

Eight non-governmental organizations concerned with human rights signed a petition urging Lebanese authorities to “immediately stop deporting (Palestinian refugees) to Syria,” reported the state-run National News Agency.

The petition referred to Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which stresses everyone's right to “seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.”

"While it is easy for Syrians to reach Lebanese territories and escape the bloody conflict in their country, several reports point out to procedures adopted to prevent Palestinians in Syria from arriving and staying in Lebanon,” the petition stated.

It continued: “What is even worse is that many Palestinians were expelled from Lebanon and sent to Syria on May 4, 2014, and this is a violation of Article 3 of the United Nations Convention against Torture, which Lebanon has signed.”

The NGOs then demanded Lebanese authorities to “grant Palestinians coming from Syria the same rights that Syrians enjoy.”

They also called on them to respect their international commitments related to human rights.

The petition was signed by the Euro Mediterranean Federation Against Enforced Disappearances, the Euro Mediterranean Human Rights Network, the Lebanese Center for Human Rights, Lebanon's Anti-Racism Movement, Al Karama Foundation, the Palestinian Human Rights Foundation, France's Action by Christians Against Torture and Working Together for Human Rights.

Earlier in May, Human Rights Watch and a U.N. refugee agency expressed concern that Lebanon was blocking Palestinians fleeing Syria from entering the country.

UNRWA, the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, said it was "concerned about the increased restrictions on Palestine refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria from entering Lebanon."

HRW, meanwhile, criticized Lebanon for refusing entry to Palestinians from Syria and returning them to the war-torn country.

It accused Lebanese authorities of "arbitrarily" denying entry and documented the deportation of around 40 Palestinians accused of having forged documents.

Lebanon has not announced a blanket ban on the entry of Palestinians from Syria, but government sources have confirmed a general policy to keep out Palestinians fleeing the conflict.

Among the more than one million refugees from Syria registered in Lebanon are around 52,000 Palestinian Syrians.



Comments 10
Thumb FlameCatcher 20 May 2014, 17:22

Yes, maybe it's time to deport Haret' Hreik's Iranian refugees !

They seem to be fighting for Syria so deserve a chance to get what they believe in : an opportunity to live and work in the great democratic republic of Bashar el Assad !

Default-user-icon Alex (Guest) 20 May 2014, 19:45

So, on that note, it's clearly time to deport yourself back to your own country (syria or saudi arabia you choose). We don't want dirty wahhabis with big beards here in Lebanon.

Missing phillipo 20 May 2014, 17:31

If none of these people are over 66 years old, they are Syrian refugees, not Palestinian refugees.

Thumb cedre 20 May 2014, 17:56

who the hell are u to say where they're from ?
where are u from btw ? Ukrain ? Poland ? Morocco ? Ethiopia ?

Missing khristos-anesti 20 May 2014, 18:26

Palestinians back to israel and syrians back to syria...LEBANON FOR LEBANESE

Missing VINCENT 20 May 2014, 19:32

The Palestinians can to to Saudi Arabia and the Syrians to Iran.

Missing helicopter 20 May 2014, 20:23

I demand the USA stop deporting Mexicans.
Mind your business NGOs or put your money whee your mouth is.

Thumb cedre 21 May 2014, 00:08

just do it, or shut up...

Default-user-icon Anonk (Guest) 21 May 2014, 08:40

How about we stop asking for refugees in a country where the local population is ignored and indirectly deported through emigration.

Missing politik_buro. 21 May 2014, 10:37

They should collectively place all Palestinian refugees in the state of Israel, what was known as Palestine, and as for the Syrian Refugees they should place them in the Golan, what was known once as part of Syria.