Jordan criticized for banning Palestinians entry

March 28, 2006 16:05

A London-based rights group criticized Jordan Tuesday for banning entry to several dozen Palestinians who fled the violence in Baghdad to come to Jordan but ended up stuck in a no-man's land on the Jordan-Iraq border. Amnesty International said Jordan's ban breached the country's obligations under international law. "Jordan has an obligation not to reject individuals at its borders if they are fleeing a country where they risk persecution or where their life or freedom is at risk," it said in a statement. A total of 88 Palestinians, including women and children, fled Baghdad earlier this month amid reports of Killings and death threats to members of the community there. Jordan has said it would not take any refugees from Iraq, fearing another exodus to a country already burdened by the presence of Palestinians.

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