Swedish MPs to visit Syrian refugee camp in Turkey

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Two Green Party lawmakers and women's rights activists are due to travel to southeastern Turkey on March 21-23

Two Green Party lawmakers and women's rights activists are due to travel to southeastern Turkey on March 21-23

STOCKHOLM - A group of Swedish MPs and women's rights activists will visit a Syrian refugee camp in southeast Turkey on March 21-23, Sweden's Green Party announced Thursday.

Green Party parliamentary group leader Mehmet Kaplan, who is of Turkish descent, and the party's spokesperson on immigration issues, Maria Ferm, will be among the group, the statement said.

Representatives from a Sweden-based women's rights group, SEDA, will also take part in the visit.

Deputies Kaplan and Ferm will meet U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) representative Selin Unal.

There are currently 21 refugee camps in 10 provinces of Turkey.

The UNHCR says the camps host more than 200,000 Syrian refugees.

The Syrian civil war, which entered its fourth year last week, has claimed more than 140,000 lives, according to the London-based Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR).

Syria has been gripped by almost constant fighting since President Bashar al-Assad's regime responded to anti-government protests in March 2011 with a violent crackdown, sparking a conflict which has spiraled into a civil war.

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