GENEVA – Geneva Council for Human Rights and Justice (GCHRJ) called for an international intervention to ensure a safe and neutral environment for the return of Syrian refugees to their county due to the arrests and assassinations they face as some return.
GCHRJ, an international human rights organization, said in a press statement that it was concerned about the growing fears over the fate of Syrian refugees who returned from Lebanon and other countries. The council received reports about the arrest of a number of returnees by the security forces who didn’t accept their return.
GCHRJ warned that the Syrian regime is trying to establish its declared policy to create what it called a “homogenous society”, an absolute supporter of the Syrian regime which has an impact on the fate of millions of Syrian refugees once they return to their country.
It pointed out that the return of Syrian refugees to their country without providing a safe and neutral environment is like sending them unknown fate especially with the recent human rights records of the detention of dozens of returnees on various charges related to the demonstrations and their consequences.
The council stressed the responsibility of the United Nations and international humanitarian actors to follow up the situation of Syrian refugees and to pressure the Syrian regime to prevent the arrests and violations they face during and after their return.
The open war in Syria since 2011, the year in which the Syrian revolution began, led to the displacement of millions of Syrians. Around 12 million Syrians have been displaced internally and externally.
The council concluded by stressing that the file the Syrian refugees’ return requires “safe conditions for voluntary and dignified return, not forcing them to abide by security conditions and approvals by the regime in their country as a right guaranteed by international law and international human rights conventions and charters.