Syria at the UN and Abroad
Dutch Suit Against Syria: Spurred by Russian vetoes blocking the referral of human rights violations to the International Criminal Court, the Netherlands is seeking legal action against Syria over the Assad regime's human rights violations under international law. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced a note was issued to the Syrian Government holding it responsible for torture under the UN Convention against torture. The note requested the two countries enter into negotiations to establish a dispute settlement. If Syria refuses to cooperate, the Netherlands would consider submitting the case to arbitration; if that fails the case would be submitted to the International Court of Justice.
COVID-19 in Refugee Camps: The global pandemic of COVID-19 has now put at risk the Syrian refugee population in Jordan. ACAPS, an NGO that monitors humanitarian crises, reported that Jordanian officials earlier this month confirmed two cases of the virus in the Azraq refugee camp and three additional cases in the Zaatari refugee camp. ACAPS noted that due to government policies on movement restrictions and curfews related to COVID-19, refugees have limited access to supplies, including healthcare.
Jordan Deports Refugees: Human rights organizations are condemning Jordan over the forcible removal of dozens of refugees out of the country to the Rukban IDP camp. A member of one of the councils administrating the camp told The New Humanitarian it was estimated that 39 people were ejected from Jordan in the past two and a half months. Amnesty International documented that 19 civilians were sent to Rukban in August. Forced eviction was done on the basis that these individuals or members of their families were accused of committing crimes. These incidents are known to the United Nations, and the UN High Commission on Refugees has held meetings with Jordanian officials on non-refoulement of refugees.