Amnesty asks Turkey to keep its borders open to Syrian refugees

Amnesty International has asked the Turkish authorities to keep their country’s borders open to people fleeing conflict and human rights abuses in Syria and Iraq.

The human rights organisation said Turkey had begun to close some of its border crossings with Syria after 130,000 Kurdish refugees entered the country in recent days.

More than one million Syrian refugees were already in Turkey before last weekend. Amnesty International said Turkey has largely been left to deal with the crisis on its own.
Amnesty International’s Head of Refugee and Migrants’ Rights Sherif Elsayed-Ali said: “The latest influx of refugees has undoubtedly placed even further strain on Turkey’s already stretched resources, but this cannot be used as an excuse for denying safe sanctuary to anyone who is fleeing the horrors of war.
“With more and more desperate refugees arriving at the border in search of safety it is crucial that the international community acts now to strengthen its support to Turkey and other countries neighbouring Syria to avert further suffering.”

Elsayed-Ali challenged the world leaders who have been condemning the atrocities committed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, to “assist those who have fled from the group.”

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