Statement following investigation into alleged Al Hol camp smuggling

Published 30. Sep 2020
Following reports linking the Norwegian Refugee Council to alleged smuggling of people from Al Hol camp in Syria, we have conducted thorough internal investigations and can firmly establish that these reports are untrue.

NRC reiterates that:

  • Permits allegedly issued by Al Hol camp authorities wrongly state that implicated drivers worked for NRC. NRC is pursuing the issue of these false permits further with the authorities.
  • All our investigations have proved that neither drivers nor trucks allegedly involved were operating on behalf of our organisation, nor any of our contractors.
  • NRC has strong procedures in place to ensure that our work adheres to our humanitarian objectives, principles and regulations. We strongly condemn human smuggling.
  • NRC will continue to advocate for international responsibility sharing that can bring a durable resolution to the situation for foreign families in detention camps in Syria.