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Jordan refutes deportation reports of prominent Syrian refugee


 A Jordanian official rebuffed reports of deporting prominent Syrian refugee woman Hasna Al-Hariri to Syria, saying it's false allegations and his country will not force any refugee to return to the war-torn country.

Al-Hariri came to Jordan as a refugee and Jordan gave her all the necessary care, the official source told the Jordanian media, revealing that she had been warned several times over illegal activities that harm Jordan.

The authorities informed her that she must stop carrying out any illegal activities that harm Jordan's interests, or she must search for another destination, according to the source.

Al-Hariri told Zaman al-Wasl that she has no chance to challenge their removal amid risk of being arrested by Syrian regime security if Jordan denied her need for international protection as a refugee.

The Jordanian authorities had summoned al-Hariri on Thursday and asked her to leave within 14 days, otherwise she would be threatened with deportation to Syria through the regime-held border crossing of Nasib, she told Zaman al-Wasl.

The authorities have also asked her two sons, Ibrahim and Mustafa Qassem Al-Hariri to leave also with their families.

Over the past years, Jordan has collectively expelled groups of refugees, denied people suspected of security violations due process, and ignored the real threats deportees face upon return to Syria, according to Human Rights Watch.

The case of Hariri has swept the Syrian social media and rights advocates who called on the Jordanian authorities not to deport her to Syria, where the Assad regime will arrest her again.

HRW warns that sending people back to Syria without making sure they wouldn’t face a real risk of torture or serious harm and unless they have had a fair opportunity to plead their case for protection.

Zaman Al Wasl
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