United Nations: Serious Violations Await Syrian Refugees Returning to Their Homes

By Gamal Khattab February 14, 2024 136


The United Nations recently released a report that says Syrian refugees who go back to their homes are facing some really bad things. 

The United Nations Report

The United Nations Human Rights Office did a study and found out that when Syrian refugees return to their homes after fleeing the war, they are being treated very badly. The report says that they are being tortured, kidnapped, and even harassed. This is especially happening to women who are returning.

What the United Nations Says

The spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Elizabeth Throssell, talked about the report in a press conference. She said that the situation in Syria is not safe for refugees to go back to. The report shows that the conditions there are not good enough for them to have a safe and happy life.

What the Report Found

The report found that the Syrian government, other authorities, and armed groups are responsible for the violations and abuses. They are detaining people for no reason, torturing them, and even making them disappear. Women are being pressured to do things they don't want to do, just to get their civil documents.

Stories from the Report

The report also shared stories from women who have returned to Syria. One woman from Eastern Ghouta said that women are being forced to do things they don't want to do just to survive. They are being exploited because they don't have money. This is really sad and unfair.

The Risk of Detention

The report also talked about the risk of being detained when returning to Syria. It says that women who are detained are often treated badly and stigmatized. This means that people think bad things about them, even if they haven't done anything wrong. Sometimes, their husbands even leave them and their families disown them.

What the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Says

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, said that the situation for these returnees is really concerning. He thinks that countries should not send people back to Syria if they will be tortured or treated badly. He wants the return to be voluntary and safe for everyone.

Why Some Syrians Choose to Return

Even though the situation in Syria is really bad, some Syrians still choose to go back. This is because they face difficulties and mistreatment in the countries they moved to. They hope that things will get better if they return home, even though it's a risky decision.

It's really sad to hear about what's happening to Syrian refugees who go back to their homes. The United Nations is trying to raise awareness about this issue and make sure that everyone is safe. 

Source: Agencies