Syria: Refugees

Department for International Development written question – answered on 18th September 2015.

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Photo of Lord Blencathra Lord Blencathra Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports that the UNHCR fails to protect Christians from discrimination in the refugee camps set up to help those fleeing Syria.

Photo of Baroness Verma Baroness Verma The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development

DFID continues to work with the UN and the international community to ensure all minorities’ rights are protected and our aid reaches those in greatest need. UNHCR have informed us that they are not aware of any discrimination in any of the camps that fall under their responsibility. UNHCR monitors camps and have given assurance that if there were reports of discrimination they would look into these matters closely.

All UK funded assistance is distributed on the basis of need to ensure civilians are not discriminated against on the grounds of race, religion, or ethnicity.

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