The Arab Organisation for Human Rights (AOHR) has raised concerns over what it described as a “hostile campaign” practiced by Egyptian media outlets against Palestinian and Syrian refugees in Egypt.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the AOHR said that the media campaign is related to tensions instigated by the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies in Palestine and Syria.
The organisation stated that it takes into consideration Egypt’s current exceptional situation; it said, however, that although some Palestinians and Syrians were affiliated with Brotherhood allies in their home countries, the hate speech and generalisation of the entirety Palestinians and Syrians was unacceptable.
AOHR also stated that precautionary measures the Egyptian state has enforced in regards to dealing with Palestinians and Syrians have limited their mobility. The organisation called for reversing such measures as soon as possible, and meanwhile decreasing their negative effect on refugees.
Egyptian authorities recently set new entry requirements for Syrian refugees, who must now have an Egyptian entry visa upon arrival. Previously, Syrians could enter the country with their passports alone.
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