MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the rights group, all forced returns to Syria are illegal under Turkish, EU, as well as international law, especially in light of violations the Turkish authorities commit by forcing small children without parents, pregnant women, sick people back to Syria.
On the day Greece votes to deem Turkey safe for refugees, Amnesty reveals 100s of Syrians being deported to Syriahttps://t.co/QLWEs6axxq— Patrick Kingsley (@PatrickKingsley) 1 April 2016
"The inhumanity and scale of the returns is truly shocking; Turkey should stop them immediately," John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Director for Europe and Central Asia, said.
In late March, Turkey and the European Union reached an agreement to put an end to the so-called Balkan route used by migrants to travel through Greece and Macedonia to wealthier EU states.
Under the deal, Turkey pledged to take back all illegal migrants that arrive to the European Union through its border and in their place send legal Syrian refugees to the bloc on a one-for-one basis.