Lebanese General Security Forces have forcibly returned hundreds of refugees to Syria, setting a dangerous precedent.
Earlier in October, outgoing Lebanese President Michel Aoun announced the Lebanese government’s intention to deport Syrian refugees. Human rights and humanitarian groups have reported that the Lebanese government is using elements of coercion to ‘convince’ refugees to return to regime-held areas where they will face death, detention, and further displacement. The Lebanese government is acting in contravention of international agreements and United Nations exhortations, which has deemed Syria not safe for refugee return.
Refugees are some of the world’s most vulnerable populations. They have fled war, famine, and violence. Syrian refugees face staggering rates of xenophobia and discrimination, and 90% of them live in extreme poverty. This latest scheme by the Lebanese government to use refugees as a scapegoat will have real, lasting consequences on hundreds of lives
Mirna Barq, ACS spokeswoman.