Up to 600 Syrian refugees have reportedly been deported by the Turkish authorities in a move that shows a shocking disregard for their safety, Amnesty International said.
Those forcibly returned had been accommodated in the Akcakale refugee camp in the Sanliurfa province that borders Syria. Others run the risk of the same treatment.
"Any forcible return of Syrian refugees would represent a deplorable act in clear violation of international law and the Turkey’s own laws," said Andrew Gardner, Amnesty International’s researcher on Turkey.
Reports indicate that the returns occurred following a disturbance at the camp.
”The Turkish authorities need to ensure that from now no further forcible returns occur and they must institute an effective investigation into those that are alleged to have taken place.
”In no circumstances whatsoever should the authorities forcibly return Syrians putting them at risk of persecution and serious human rights violations."