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Amnesty International: Keep borders open to Syrian refugees

February 11, 2014 at 10:07 am

Amnesty International has urged the countries neighbouring Syria, and particularly Jordan, to keep their borders open to all those fleeing the conflict.

In a new report published on Thursday, the organization asked for international support to help Jordan “put an end to border restrictions for refugees fleeing the armed conflict in Syria.”

The report, entitled “Growing restrictions, tough conditions: The plight of those fleeing Syria to Jordan”, highlights the increasing difficulties faced by refugees who are attempting to escape the conflict in Syria by fleeing to neighbouring countries, including Jordan.

Philip Luther, the Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International, explained how: “Tightening border restrictions constitutes an impediment to people fleeing from Syria to Jordan and other countries in the region. The organization is calling on the international community to intensify its efforts to help these countries” keep their borders open.