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article imageAmnesty International: Syrian refugees 'denied entry into Jordan'

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By Layne Weiss
Oct 31, 2013 in World
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Amnesty International is urging global support to help Jordan and other countries welcoming people fleeing the civil war in Syria end border restrictions, so that these people may find peaceful, safe homes.
Hundreds of people trying to leave Syria are being turned away at Jordan's border, Amnesty International reports according to BBC News.
Amnesty's new report focuses on the difficulties those who are trying to escape the Syrian conflict are enduring, Global Post reports.
"It is unacceptable that scores of people from Syria, including families with small children seeking refuge from the fighting, are being denied admission by neighboring countries," Philip Luther, Amnesty's Middle East and North Africa director, said in a statement.
Jordanian authorities are insisting, however, that they have continued to keep their borders open to Syrian refugees, BBC News reports.
Dr Mohammed al-Momani, a spokesman for the Jordanian government told BBC News that Jordan has not changed its position on refugees.
"Refugees that reach our borders are allowed in, in accordance with international law and Jordan's historical position of providing safety to those who seek it," he said.
Amnesty International says despite such claims, its research shows that hundreds are indeed being turned away, Global Post reports.
"This includes Palestinian refugees from Syria, people lacking identity documents and Iraqi refugees living in Syria. Unaccompanied men with no demonstrable family ties in Jordan are also turned away," the report said.
More than two million Syrians have fled Syria to find refuge in other countries including Jordan,Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, and Iraq BBC News reports.
Jordan has been calling for more international aid to help with all the refugees, The Global Post reports.
While the country is dealing with a very large influx of Syrian refugees, Jordanian authorities have promised Amnesty International they would not return any refugees to Syria.
Amnesty International says these claims are not true as in 2012 over 200 Syrian refugees were deported back to Syria due to protests at Zaatari refugee camp.
The human rights group is calling for people trying to escape the Syrian conflict to be given the ability to cross borders freely, but more international support is needed to assist Syria's neighbors in dealing with the continuous inflow of new people, BBC News reports.
"The international community has an important role to play in offering support to countries in the region who so far are shouldering the burden of Syria's refugees with minimal resources. Immediate action is needed to step up international humanitarian aid and resettlement programs and avert a worsening crisis," Philip Luther says according to Global Post.
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