Target: President Obama
Goal: Confront King Abdullah of Jordan about his rejection of specific groups of people seeking asylum from Syria
Jordan has been turning away undocumented people, Palestinian refugees, and single men who are seeking asylum from Syria. This rejection of asylum-seekers violates international law and it is something that needs to be tended to. President Obama is visiting Jordan in late March 2013 to congratulate King Abdullah of Jordan.
As stated by Human Rights Watch’s Bill Frelick, “King Abdullah’s support for 350,000 Syrian refugees deserves President Obama’s praise, but Obama should not give Jordan a free pass to force Palestinian refugees and asylum seekers back to Syria. Jordan should recognize that everyone – and that includes Palestinian refugees, single men, and undocumented people – has the right not to be forcibly sent back to Syria to face the risk of death or serious harm.”
While the efforts of King Abdullah have been praiseworthy, turning away any individual who’s seeking asylum from a violent environment is lacking compassion and violates law. President Obama needs to point this out to the king. These individuals are fleeing to Jordan for a reason. They had to leave Syria in order to escape the increasingly violent political and social atmosphere. For many refugees, to send them back is to send them to death.
Rather than delve into the realms of political ego stroking for the sake of foreign relations, President Obama needs to bring this subject forward. While American politics clearly seem to favor his silence on this subject, for the sake of human rights, it would be wise for Obama to make a political sacrifice.
Sign below to show your support for these refugees and ask President Obama to urge King Abdullah to allow all individuals seeking asylum from Syria to be allowed to enter into Jordan.
Dear President Obama,
When you visit King Abdullah of Jordan in late March, please try to reason with him regarding his rejection of those individuals seeking asylum that seem to not fit his “standards” of who should be allowed into his country. This goes against international law. A country must allow individuals who are seeking safety from violent environments to enter into its borders.
These individuals that are being turned away, are essentially being sent to their deaths. Syria has an incredibly dangerous political and social climate at the moment, and these individuals hoping to leave are not members of groups that seek to destroy the desires of the king of Jordan. They are simply civilians who have been discouraged and betrayed by their nation and hope to seek refuge elsewhere. Please bring this subject up with King Abdullah and make it be known that this is important to you.
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