VDSF position paper about monitoring mechanisms
VDSF calls to the establishment of monitoring mechanisms The weakness of regular reporting mechanisms impacts, and risks the lives of refugees and IDPs.The Syrian refugee’s crisis is one of the largest in this century. For more than a decade, all efforts and demands to find a political solution have failed. This situation resulted in having 6.7 million Syrians internally displaced from their original Homes (1.9m living in an informal settlement, and planned camps, it is a 20% increase than 2020), and 5.6 million, turned to be refugees in neighboring countries and all over the world.
The monitoring and oversight mechanisms that observe the situation inside Syria, or the violations that IDPs or refugees in other countries of asylum are exposed to are weak, dispersed and almost absent; especially for returning refugees. The weakness of such a mechanism leads to unfair and prejudiced policies issued by the host countries, donors, and other stakeholders towards refugees. The majority of the discussions and policies toward displaced Syrians are not based on accurate information that reflect the reality; although there are huge number of reports coming from Syria and the host countries, but yet there isn’t regular reporting that engage all stakeholders including IDPs, and refugees themselves, which allow stakeholders to develop their policies based on well established & structured mechanisms Which aims to guarantee a safe, voluntary, dignified and informed return.
Human Rights Watch in its recent report on returnees from Lebanon and Jordan found that Syria is not safe for return. Among 65 returnees 21 cases of arrest and arbitrary detention, 13 cases of torture, 3 kidnappings, 5 extrajudicial killings, 17 enforced disappearances, and 1 case of alleged sexual violence were documented. Those reports come in a time where we see pushing factors are increasing in many hosting countries who are building their policies on misinformation about safe areas in Syria.
On the other side there is no regular reporting on the violations and abuses that refugees are subject to in their hosting countries in spite UN agencies, INGOs, and other relevant stakeholders have more access in those countries.
NGOs and media resources have been reporting on increasing hate speech against refugees, instability of their legal status, and limited access to civil status documents which affect their