Another Dimension of The Syrian Refugee Problem: The Protection of Their Rights and The Restitution of Their Property in Syria Cover Image

Suriyeli Sığınmacı Sorununun Bir Başka Boyutu: Suriye’de Bıraktıkları Hakların Korunması ve Mülkiyetlerinin İadesi
Another Dimension of The Syrian Refugee Problem: The Protection of Their Rights and The Restitution of Their Property in Syria

Author(s): Zeynep Banu Dalaman, Hüseyin Murat Lehimler
Subject(s): International Law, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Asylum, Refugees, Migration as Policy-fields
Published by: Transnational Press London
Keywords: Syrian refugees; restitution of property; protection of rights; international law;

Summary/Abstract: The right to property is recognized as one of the fundamental human rights. One of the most devastating threats to property rights arises under circumstances of forced migration. The protection of property left behind in cases of forced immigration, refugee, and asylum is one of the fundamental problems of international law, it continues to be a factor that deepens the social destruction in proportion to the weakness of protection. This type of human rights violation encountered in Cyprus and Palestine is also encountered by Syrian refugees and asylum seekers. The Syrian refugee problem has emerged with the Syrian civil war. Political instability and uncertainty are the main problems caused by the current crisis. This unstable environment has left Syria’s neighbor, Turkey, to face many problems directly and indirectly, causing Turkish involvement whereby Turkey is forced to accept immigrants. The war in the country, has caused millions of Syrians to seek refuge in Turkey and other countries. It is estimated that the unregistered figure is close to 4 million in addition to the 2 million 800 thousand refugees under temporary protection who can be registered. In our country and in other countries, the rights of asylum seekers are generally considered in the context of the rights they should have as an asylum seeker. Ending the war and ensuring the return to their country are shown as the ultimate goal and solution, but one of the issues that will affect this process the most, protecting the property left by refugees in Syria, is ignored. The importance of this human rights area, which will have an impact on the lives of not only returnees but also those not returning, is obvious. If there is no progress in this area, in addition to policy failures, the problem of restitutioning their rights and property will be encountered in the future. In this context, it is of great importance to determine the documents and mechanisms that will ensure the protection of the rights left by Syrians in their country and the claim of their property.

  • Issue Year: 8/2021
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 267-289
  • Page Count: 23
  • Language: Turkish