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UNHCR cannot monitor the rights of people returned under EU-Turkey deal
18.1.17
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"What did the European Commission forget to tell us about the returnees of the EU-Turkey Deal?

So finally UNHCR stated formally, very quietly unfortunately, that has no unimpeded access to the returned refugees to Turkey and cannot monitor the returns under the EU-Turkey deal in any effective manner. In short they haven’t seen much of the returned refugees."

See: Someone is lying for the returned refugees (Infowar, link) and the original post on Facebook by Giorgos Kosmopoulos (link)

And: Letter from UNHCR: Response to query related to UNHCR's observations of Syrians readmitted to Turkey (pdf, emphasis added):

"There are, however, three specific challenges: first, UNHCR does not benefit at this stage from unhindered and predictable access to pre-removal centres in Turkey and to the Duzici reception centre. Since April 2016, UNHCR has made sixteen requests for access to the Reception Centre in Duizici, which was granted twelve times. During these visits, UNHCR was able to conduct individual interviews with 45 of the 82 Syrians who were readmitted as of 7 November 2016. Second, UNHCR needs to seek authorization to visit the centre at least five working days in advance which. in ptactice, does not allw for timely monitoring of some individual cases. Third, UNHCR does not systematically teceive Information on the legal status and location of individuals who have been readmitted from Greece and is not always able to track their location and monitor their situation once they have left the reception centre."

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