A plan by the European Union and Turkey to swap Syrian refugees between their territories is inhumane and illegal, the international human rights organization Amnesty International says.
"EU and Turkish leaders have today sunk to a new low, effectively horse-trading away the rights and dignity of some of the world's most vulnerable people," the head of Amnesty's office in Brussels, Iverna McGowan, says in a statement.
"The idea of bartering refugees for refugees is not only dangerously dehumanizing, but also offers no sustainable long-term solution to the ongoing humanitarian crisis," she adds.
The plan "makes a mockery of the EU's obligation to provide access to asylum at its borders," Amnesty says, arguing that asylum requests would "most likely never be heard" in Turkey. It adds that refugees in the country also live in "desperate conditions" without adequate housing or access to education for their children.