Human Rights: Relief provided to al-Hol refugees is not enough

The Human Rights Committee of the United Nations (UN) to investigate Syria's issue said that the assistance provided till now to al-Hol camp was not enough at all, and that the international community must have done all possible efforts to help accelerating the provision of humanitarian aid.

 The Human Rights Committee of the UN issued a statement after the reports came out from al-Hol camp, and the failure of humanitarian organizations and the charitable societies to carry out their duty in the required form.

The statement said, "It seems that this intolerable situation is the result of the unwillingness of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and their partners in the International Coalition to receive the large numbers of internally displaced people, who have left the areas under the control of Daesh mercenaries, but this is not the first time; in February last year , the Commission has informed for the first time about the holding of hundreds of thousands of displaced civilians because of the battles of the International Coalition and the Syrian Democratic Forces, which had been launched to defeat Daesh in temporary camps that were not suited to meet their basic needs, and since then, the increased hostilities had further deteriorated the situation."

The statement added, "Al-Hol camp was initially built to accommodate 10,000 internally displaced persons - more than 73,000 people (92% of them were women and children; 15% of them were nationals of the countries). The Committee notes that efforts are under way to improve this situation with the United Nations and international organizations providing relief assistance, but the assistance provided to date has not been sufficient at all, and the international community must make every effort to help accelerating the provision of humanitarian assistance to those refugees, including the Member States which have obligations under Security Council resolution 2249."

The statement noted, "After checking individuals in the camps of the Syrian Democratic Forces in search of potential security threats, there is in fact no indication of granting them freedom of movement. Instead, tens of thousands remain trapped in camps for internally displaced persons, even after granting "civilian" status, taking into consideration that more than 60,000 of these individuals are Syrian citizens, and the population in camps that do not constitute a threat must be released immediately."

The statement added, "Around 15% of the people in al-Hol camp, or at least 11,000 people, are nationals of other countries, and many of their origin countries refuse to return them to their homeland only because they are presumed to be the families of Daesh militias. Some Member States have taken further steps either by stripping those nationals of their nationality to prevent their return, or to agree to transfer them to countries where they may be subjected to torture or ill-treatment or to the death penalty in violation of the principle of non-refoulement. The Committee reminds all sides to the conflict, including the Member States that the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights provides for that "no person shall be arbitrarily deprived of the right to enter their country." The UN Human Rights Committee has seen that "there are rarely circumstances, if any, that can reasonably be considered to deprive a person of the right to enter their country."


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