European Asylum Support Office publishes report on ‘Targeting of Individuals’ in Syria
As part of its 2019-2020 series of reports on Syria, three of which EU Law Live has previously reported on (Situation of Women, Exercise of authority in recaptured areas, Syria Actors*) the European Asylum Support Office has published a new Country of Origin Information report on ‘Targeting of Individuals’.
The information in those reports, which should be read together, is important because it is relevant for international protection status determination for Syrian asylum seekers, and is intended for use in the development of a country guidance note on Syria.
In this case, the profiles of different individuals who are targeted is discussed, with examination of the actors targeting them, namely persons perceived to be opposing the Syrian government, with sections on arbitrary arrests, detention and disappearances, torture and extra-judicial executions. The profiles include members of anti-government groups, political activists, protesters, and civilians in opposition to the government. There is also discussion of refugees who are forced to return to Syrian from countries such as Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.
This report was co-drafted by researchers from Germany, the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), Country Analysis, together with the EASO COI sector, and was reviewed by the Finnish Immigration Service, Legal Service and Country Information Unit. Additionally, ACCORD, the Austrian Centre for Country of Origin and Asylum Research and Documentation conducted an external review.
Read the Targeting of Individuals report here.