Transgender Refugee Fears Death for Being Deported to Syria

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08/25/2019

Alarming stories of terror and heartbreak continue to surface amid Turkey’s ruthless campaign to deport thousands of refugees back to Syria’s Idlib province, which faces a deadly daily bombardment of airstrikes by Russian and regime forces. Among them is the uncertain fate of a transgender woman deported from Istanbul despite living there legally with the correct papers and being under special UNHCR protection for LGBT refugees, the Guardian reported on Friday. The woman, who was arrested when hospital staff reported her to the authorities as she sought medical help for her sick boyfriend, was detained in an all-male cell and deported before her legal aid counsellor was able to reach her.

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