Amnesty calls on Egypt not to turn away Syrian refugees

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July 11, 2013 14:25

 
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Egyptian authorities should not "recklessly deny entry to Syrians," Amnesty International said on Wednesday after reports that some 259 people were turned back at Cairo Airport on Monday.

In a statement, Amnesty must provide anyone fleeing the conflict the opportunity to seek asylum, Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui , Deputy Director of Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa program said.

"Given the scale of violence, bloodshed and human rights abuses currently taking place in Syria, it is unthinkable that Egypt should deny Syrians fleeing for their lives safety," Sahraoui added.

"No one should be forced to return to Syria due to the serious risk of indiscriminate violence and persecution, " said Sahraoui. "We urge the authorities to ensure that Egypt continues to be a place of refuge for Syrians even at this turbulent time."

According to Amnesty, a statement on the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website on Monday said that "the decision to impose an entrance visa on Syrian nationals is a decision based on the conditions that Egypt is currently passing through."

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