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Rights group: EU should 'rethink' Turkey refugee deal

  • FILE - This is a Wednesday, March 16, 2016 file photo of Syrian refugee Abdullah Koca, 43, who fled Syria four-years ago and had been living at a refugee camp for Syrian refugees in Islahiye, Gaziantep province, southeastern Turkey, holds his six-month-old son Ibrahim and his daughter Hadiyeh, 6, as they check the family pet bird suspended in a cage at the barbed-wired fence of the camp. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and top European Union officials plan to travel close to Turkey’s border with Syria in hopes of promoting a troubled month-old agreement to manage a refugee crisis that has left hundreds of thousands stranded on the migrant trail to Europe. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

    FILE - This is a Wednesday, March 16, 2016 file photo of Syrian refugee Abdullah Koca, 43, who fled Syria four-years ago and had been living at a refugee camp for Syrian refugees in Islahiye, Gaziantep province, southeastern Turkey, holds his six-month-old son Ibrahim and his daughter Hadiyeh, 6, as they check the family pet bird suspended in a cage at the barbed-wired fence of the camp. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and top European Union officials plan to travel close to Turkey’s border with Syria in hopes of promoting a troubled month-old agreement to manage a refugee crisis that has left hundreds of thousands stranded on the migrant trail to Europe. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Greek policemen stand on the tracks of a train station turned into a makeshift camp crowded of migrants and refugees at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Friday, April 22, 2016. The European Commission says the number of migrants arriving in Greece from Turkey has slowed dramatically from more than 50,000 in February to around 7,000 over the past 30 days. But Greece, currently home to 54,000 stranded migrants seeking to travel deeper into Europe, faces unrelenting pressure as the long-promised relocation of asylum seekers from Greece to other EU countries moves pitifully slowly. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Greek policemen stand on the tracks of a train station turned into a makeshift camp crowded of migrants and refugees at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Friday, April 22, 2016. The European Commission says the number of migrants arriving in Greece from Turkey has slowed dramatically from more than 50,000 in February to around 7,000 over the past 30 days. But Greece, currently home to 54,000 stranded migrants seeking to travel deeper into Europe, faces unrelenting pressure as the long-promised relocation of asylum seekers from Greece to other EU countries moves pitifully slowly. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, March 16, 2016 file photo a Turkish flag flies at the refugee camp for Syrian refugees in Islahiye, Gaziantep province, southeastern Turkey.  German Chancellor Angela Merkel and top European Union officials plan to travel close to Turkey’s border with Syria in hopes of promoting a troubled month-old agreement to manage a refugee crisis that has left hundreds of thousands stranded on the migrant trail to Europe. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, March 16, 2016 file photo a Turkish flag flies at the refugee camp for Syrian refugees in Islahiye, Gaziantep province, southeastern Turkey. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and top European Union officials plan to travel close to Turkey’s border with Syria in hopes of promoting a troubled month-old agreement to manage a refugee crisis that has left hundreds of thousands stranded on the migrant trail to Europe. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)  (The Associated Press)

A human rights group says German Chancellor Angela Merkel and top European Union officials should rethink the EU's refugee deal with Turkey, as they travel to the Syrian border to promote the troubled agreement.

Saturday's trip to the Turkish border city of Gaziantep, including a refugee camp, comes amid questions over the legality of the March 20 EU-Turkey deal to deport migrants who do not qualify for asylum in Greece back to Turkey.

Human Right Watch acting director Judith Sunderland says instead of touring a "sanitized" refugee camp, the EU leaders should focus on the tens of thousands of Syrians blocked at the border. She also urged them to visit a detention center for migrants "abusively deported from Greece."

Sunderland says "that should make them rethink the flawed EU-Turkey deal."