Young Syrian Dies Inside Deportation Center in Turkey

Human rights activist Taha al-Ghaz said a young Syrian man passed away eight days after he was taken to a deportation center in Ankara.

The family of the late Syrian man, Hassan Mohammed, has confirmed news of his death inside the Akyurt Refugee Deportation Center in Ankara, Turkey, on Tuesday, January 2nd. The cause of death is undisclosed.

A family member, contacted by Enab Baladi, revealed that they were informed of Hassan’s death by the hospital where he was situated. The family has chosen to withhold information pending the clarification of forensic results.

Human rights activist Taha al-Ghazi shared on his Facebook account that the young man passed away eight days after his arrest.

Ghazi, in conversation with Enab Baladi, disclosed that Hassan Mohammed, aged 28, had not exhibited any health symptoms, as conveyed by the deceased’s family.

Efforts are underway, with the collaboration of Turkish human rights organizations in Ankara, to provide legal assistance to Hassan’s family and monitor investigations into the incident and the circumstances surrounding his death.

Expressing concern over the conditions in deportation centers, particularly the reported violations against refugees, Ghazi questioned the activities within these facilities and the roles of Turkish unions, institutions, and human rights organizations in addressing these issues.

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In July of 2023, Turkish Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya committed to reducing the number of irregular migrants in Turkish states within four to five months. He clarified that an irregular migrant is a foreigner who entered Turkey illegally and continues to reside and work without an official permit.

The minister refuted allegations of deporting Syrians, attributing such claims to those who exploit digital platforms to incite against the country.

Despite having legal identification papers, Turkey had previously forcibly deported Syrian refugees. However, a significant number of them were later returned, prompted by the circulation of video recordings showing deported refugees with official papers.

 

This article was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer. The Syrian Observer has not verified the content of this story. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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