Secretary-General of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), Haitham Rahma, called on the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to follow up the issue of Syrian refugees in Britain and resolve it fairly in accordance with international law. He called on Britain to reconsider its recent decision to deport Syrian asylum seekers.
Rahma said that Britain’s decision to deport a number of Syrian refugees to Rwanda – after all the hardships they went through to seek protection for themselves and their families, is unfair and does not take into account their humanitarian situation.
Rahma stressed that Syrian refugees were forced to leave Syria in search of protection and safety after the Assad regime and its allies destroyed Syria, bombed its cities and killed its people with the aim of silencing the calls for freedom that the people began making in 2011. He also stressed that leaving Syria was not an option, but a decision they made under compulsion.
Rahma called on European countries not to discriminate between refugees according to their geographical affiliation, and to treat all refugees according to humanitarian standards. He pointed out that it is unacceptable to distinguish between the Ukrainian and Syrian refugee.
Britain has recently informed 31 asylum seekers, among them 15 Syrians, that they might be on the first flight to Rwanda next Tuesday.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)