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Syria war: Refugees returning home risk persecution, torture and death, report warns

Refugees returning to Syria face serious risks including torture, extrajudicial killings and kidnapping at the hands of Syrian government forces and their militias, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) published on Wednesday.

The report comes days after the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi met with Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad and Minister of Local Administration and Environment Hussein Makhlouf. On Sunday, the trio discussed issues relating to the return of refugees to the country nearly 11 years since the war began.

“These are Syrian nationals, and it’s the government’s responsibility to ensure their security,” Grandi said. “We are engaging with the government to highlight refugees’ concerns, such as their safety, property rights and livelihoods. We also need the international community to help as well, to provide much-needed resources so that people can also fix their damaged homes, have running water, healthcare and send their children to school.

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