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Report: Palestinian refugees in Syria deprived of housing, land and property rights - the case of

Yarmouk Camp

 13 April 2022: Impunity Watch and PAX supported the efforts of a team of Palestinian Syrian researchers to collect hours of first-hand testimony of the experiences of Palestinian Syrians from Yarmouk Camp: from its establishment in 1948 to the battles and sieges of the Syrian conflict post-2011, its occupation by ISIS and finally its re-occupation by the Syrian regime and near-emptying of  its residents who had lived there for generations.

The report Twice dispossessed: Housing, land and property rights of Palestinian refugees in Syria Yarmouk case study focuses on the means Palestinian Syrians have used to secure their housing, land and property (HLP) rights and the challenges they face in this complex context, aiming to give more space to voices from Yarmouk - not only as sources but also as producers of knowledge. 

Palestinian Syrians face unique but poorly understood challenges with respect to their HLP rights, resulting from their unique legal situation in Syria as well as issues common to all Syrians, such as loss of documentation and the predatory policies of the regime.

The report presents recommendations to ensure Palestinian HLP rights in Syria are protected and violations are addressed in a participatory and comprehensive way. 


The report was written by Abdallah al-Khateeb, Ansar Jasim and Abdulrahman Shaheen.  


Download the report in English and Arabic.

Virtual launch (Zoom)
13 April 14.00 – 15.30 (CET)


In this conversation, the authors of the report, Abdallah al-Khateeb, Ansar Jasem and Abdulrahman Shaheen will present their findings. A former resident of Yarmouk will share their experience. 

Mette Lundsfryd Stendevad, a PhD graduate from the University of Leicester with a focus on Palestinian women in Syria, will give her expert view.

Syrian architect and urban development planner Sawsan Abou Zainedin will moderate the event.