Migrants and refugees wait at Istanbul’s Esenler station for buses to the Turkish-Greek border (AFP) - See more at: middleeasteye.net/news/turkey-detaining-and-deporting-syrian-refugees-says-amnesty-583159191#sthash.ZpJ7Tkyf.dpuf
Quite a moving picture for this Christmas season, at the same time, the background, looking like almost all young men might give pause to think as well.
Turkey detaining, abusing and deporting Syrian refugees, says Amnesty
Rights group says hundreds of refugees have been abused, held in isolation and forced to sign ‘voluntary’ deportation agreements in Turkish
Turkey has been detaining, abusing and deporting refugees in violation of international law, according to an investigation by Amnesty International.
In a new report, Europe’s Gatekeepers, the rights group says that Turkish authorities have rounded up possibly hundreds of people onto buses and moved them more than 1,000km to detention centres, where they have been held in isolation and often subjected to abusive treatment or been shackled for days on end.
Some also reported being forcibly sent back to their countries of origin, from which they fled.
The research - carried out in Ankara, Bursa, Gaziantep, Hatay, Istanbul, Osmaniye and Sanliurfa - drew on evidence from Afghans, Kurds, Iranians and Syrians.
One 40-year old Syrian man said he had been confined to a room in Erzurum Removal Centre for seven days with his feet and hands bound.
“When they put a chain over your hands and legs, you feel like a slave, like you are not a human being,” he said.
He added that the equipment used on him had tags showing it came from EU funding.
The report said that inmates of the Duzici camp in Osmaniye had been coerced into “voluntary” repatriation.
One 23-year-old woman in the camp was reportedly told by the camp guards that she could “go back to Syria or stay in jail; these are your options”.
Another woman from Idlib in northern Syria said she was held in Duzici with her four children, told to sign a voluntary return agreement written in Turkish, and was refused a translation.
That above reminds me of that movie about Turkey, is it the “Midnight Express”? I believe where the young man gets put in a Turkish prison.
In case, someone doesn’t read the whole article, it seems that some refugees indeed have been put in shackles.
If one reads the rest of the article, it seems the EU has been a bit negligent in getting big money payment to Turkey to take care of the refugees. Also,the article seems to refer to Turkey as a gateway.