Do Not Return Syrian Asylum Seekers to Turkey

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Target: Zacharoula Tsirigoti, Lieutenant General of the Hellenic Police

Goal: Prevent two asylum seekers from being returned to Turkey against their will.

J.B. and M.F., two Syrian men seeking asylum in Greece, have had their applications denied and have been told that they will be returned to Turkey from whence they both came. Their applications did not receive a thorough evaluation, and Amnesty International argues that Turkey is not safe for the men. Sign the petition and urge Greece to halt the men’s return while it re-evaluates their applications.

Under a recent European Union agreement with Turkey, Greece has the ability to send asylum seekers back to Turkey if authorities believe that they will be safe there. However, Turkey has a terrible track record with refugees, has proven to be overcrowded, lacks essential resources, and offers few opportunities for permanent settlement for refugees. Additionally, M.F. actually fled Turkey fearing for his safety after being threatened by members of the Islamic State.

Both men were found to have “established links” with Turkey; M.F. had temporary residency status, which expired earlier this year, and J.B. “worked informally for a few months.” On these grounds, neither men’s applications received a thorough evaluation. They have both appealed the decisions, but there is no guarantee that they won’t be sent back to Turkey in the meantime.

Turkey has a history of violating the international human rights policy of non-refoulement, which states that a refugee cannot be forcibly returned to their country of origin if they would be in danger there. It also “denies full refugee status, and with it the possibility of long-term integration, to all non-European refugees,” Amnesty International reports, making it difficult for refugees to settle and rebuild their lives there.

It is imperative that both J.B. and M.F.’s applications receive a fair evaluation. Sign the petition and urge Greece to allow the men to stay while it addresses their appeals.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Lieutenant General Tsirigoti,

The Syrian refugee crisis is one of the most dire in our lifetimes, and that is why I am disappointed to receive news that two refugees, M.F. and J.B., have been denied asylum in Greece based on an incomplete evaluation of their circumstances and applications. Both men are at risk of being returned to Turkey, which could prove incredibly dangerous for them. I therefore urge you to allow the men to remain in Greece throughout their appeals process, and I demand that their applications be thoroughly and fairly assessed.

Both M.F. and J.B.’s applications were denied based on their having “established links” in Turkey, Amnesty International reports. However, J.B. only “worked informally for a few months” as he passed through, and while M.F. had temporary residency status, it has since expired. Furthermore, M.F. fled Turkey, fearing for his safety after being threatened by members of the Islamic State.

Given Turkey’s history of violating the international human rights principle of non-refoulement, both men face significant risk of being forced back to Syria if they are returned to Turkey. They also will face crowded conditions and have very little opportunity to rebuild their lives in Turkey, which does not offer full refugee status.

Greece is bound by international human rights obligations and must offer a fair evaluation of M.F. and J.B.’s circumstances. In the meantime, I ask that you allow them to remain in Greece.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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2 Comments

  1. Gillian Miller Gillian Miller says:

    The vast majority of Muslims are migrants come to the West for jizya which Muslims think that they are entitled to. Jizya is a tax paid by dhimmis or non-Muslims for the possible right to keep their head on their shoulders. Muslims regard dhimmis as second class citizens and believe that it is their right to rape them or sexually abuse them. And, let’s be fair, Mohammed was a rapist, a slaver, a paedophile, a lying untrustworthy bandit, a necrophiliac and he had narcissistic tendencies that make a politician look humble. This is the great leader that Muslims follow and want to emulate.

    The vast majority of the Muslims, around three quarters of them, are young healthy males who ought to be fighting for their homeland. In fact, many of them went home to Syria for Eid al-Adha so that they could brutally murder thousands of helpless animals. And, if their families were in so much danger, why did they come over here leaving helpless women and children behind?

    There are genuine refugees but they are the non-Muslims who are suffering genocide, the Coptic Christians, the Yadizi, the Samaritans etc.

  2. Gillian so well said. I totally agree with you. muslins (from me they don’t get capital letters), where they are cause problems because they just want to impose and many are also mental ill due to years of raping teenagers forcing them to marry men much older in a repulsive supposed marriage where just one part (the old male) wants. So it is in fact rape. Also due to inbred.
    The non muslins are the ones who need protection from muslins, but anyone needs to be aware and on guard near muslins and always.

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