Jordan

75,000 refugees trapped in no man's land - NEWS - 15/09/2016


Video footage and satellite images showing makeshift graves and burial mounds offer a rare glimpse inside a desert no man's land between Jordan and Syria where tens of thousands of refugees who have been virtually cut off from humanitarian aid for two months are stranded. Read more.

Negotiations are continuing to find a solution for the refugees stranded in an area known as the 'berm' since 21 June 2016. The refugees are subjected to sand storms and searing heat and are not receiving essential and life saving assistance. Read more.


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Screenshot from video obtained via 
the Tribal Council of Palmyra.

Amnesty International had previously called on the Jordanian authorities to ensure the 'iron fist'  security response pledged in the wake of a car bombing of a military outpost along the border with Syria on 21 June did not descend into closing the border and denying humanitarian aid to tens of thousands of Syrian refugees fleeing armed conflict. Read more.

Syrian refugees struggle to access health care - REPORT - 23/03/2016
In November 2014, the government of Jordan introduced a new policy requiring Syrian refugees to pay user fees for health services. While the user fees are not high, they are still unaffordable to many refugees and the process of obtaining all the necessary documents to access public services, including health care, can be slow, cumbersone and costly. Amnesty International is calling on Jordan to ensure all persons are able to access health care. The international community must also provide international cooperation and assistance to the government of Jordan and to significantly increase the number of resettlement and humanitarian admission places offered and expand alternative pathways of admission over and above annual resettlement quotas. Read more.

Amnesty documents


Updated 15/09/2016