المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Suffering from dire situation | 200 families appeal to the UN and the EU to accept their asylum claims and evacuate them from al-Rukban camp

SOHR activists have reported that residents from Palmyra living now in al-Rukban camp near the Syria-Jordan border have taken part in a demonstration demanding approval to their asylum requests by the European Union.

 

The demonstrators raised banners with slogans written on them read “We demand asylum in any European countries”.

 

The demonstrators also filed a directed message to the Secretary-General of the UN and to the Presidency of the European Union, which read “Topic: application for mass asylum by the residents displaced from Palmyra and surrounding areas to al-Rukban camp.

 

Subject: Al-Rukban residents and the international community are in a complicated situation regarding the situation of the residents of al-Rukban camp, where the global and national classification of situations similar to the situation of al-Rukban camp’s residents is called “internally displaced”. However, we in fact escaped from a country occupied by countries that legally occupied Syria at orders by a regime that abused its power, killed and displaced its people and committed crimes against humanity. Moreover, the regime, with support by Russia and Iran, intentionally changed the demographics of most Syrian areas especially the historic city of Palmyra, where the regime deliberately emptied Palmyra of its indigenous inhabitants and settled Iranian-backed and sectarian militias. The regime also exploited the people’s needs and forced them to leave by and took over their houses and farms terrorizing them and offering incentives. We know that the international laws have never dealt with such cases, the terms of these laws therefore cannot be relied on to provide a help to Palmyra residents who live in al-Rukban camp. However, we know that when there is an international will, the humanitarian situation takes priority over the legal situation, so we appeal to you to discuss our demands humanly, and to approve for giving Palmyra residents who live in al-Rukban camp the right of humane asylum to countries of the European Union. The number of asylum seekers is 200 families who were forced to flee to al-Rukban camp for fear of wars, being abused and out of concern for their safety and lives. Of course, you are aware of the reports by Amnesty International which stated that the situation in Syria is still unsafe for the return of refugees.

 

We hope that our request will be approved and discussed seriously as soon as possible.

 

Friday, September 17, 2021.”

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