Image of Turkish soldiers patrolling in Hatay province along Turkey's new border wall with Syria in February 2016.
  Turkish soldiers patrol in Hatay province along Turkey's new border wall with Syria in February 2016. Photo credit: 2016 Anadolu Agency

Turkish border guards are shooting and beating Syrian asylum seekers

28 May, 2016

Turkish border guards are shooting and beating Syrian asylum seekers trying to reach Turkey, resulting in deaths and serious injuries, Human Rights Watch said today. The Turkish authorities should stop pushing Syrian asylum seekers back at the border and should investigate all use of excessive force by border guards.”

This should be an extremely serious concern in view of the implementation of the EU-Turkey statement and of the position taken by the EU and Greece that Turkey is a “safe third country” where Syrians asylum seekers can be automatically sent back without substantial analysis of the conditions of their return.

To read the whole report on Human Rights Watch, please click here.

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