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Seehofer does not want to extend expulsion ban for Syria | Free press

No one in the German government doubts that Syria is not a safe country. According to Minister of the Interior Seehofer, the general ban on expulsion should no longer apply to everyone.

Berlin (dpa) – Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) wants to ensure that the blanket ban on deportation for Syria is not extended beyond December 31.

“At the Conference of the Ministers of the Interior, I will argue that, in the future, instead of a general ban on deportation, at least for criminals and people at risk, we will in each case individually check whether deportations to Syria are possible, “said Seehofer of the German news agency.

The blanket ban on deportation for Syria was first decided in 2012 and has been extended several times since then. The civil war is over in most parts of the country. But those seen as opponents of the Assad family still face the risk of torture and death, according to human rights organizations. In the few areas still controlled by Islamists or other rebels, there are also risks for supporters of President Bashar al-Assad.

A situation report by the German Foreign Office in May stated: “Even in parts of the country where fighting has now subsided, there is still a high risk of violence and attacks. This also applies to supposedly more peaceful parts of the country in the far west of Syria and the capital Damascus. “

According to reports, the suggestion recently came from Saxony that the Federal Ministry of the Interior could write its own report on the situation in Syria for the conference of the Ministers of the Interior, which begins December 9. However, the question arises on what knowledge this could be based. The Ministry of the Interior in Syria does not currently have its own information sources. Seehofer has so far shown no inclination to have such a report carried out in his home. He says, “The entire federal government must ensure that criminals and threats leave our country.” The police call people “threats” if they have confidence in a politically motivated crime of significant importance, such as a terrorist attack.

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