Lawyers ready for Syrian refugee cases against Denmark
Guernica 37 , an international law firm that specialises in human rights cases, is working with asylum lawyers and affected families to challenge Copenhagen's policy, which defies the Geneva Convention's non-refoulement principle.
Carl Buckley, the Guernica 37 barrister leading preparations, told The New Arab that "there is no specific case currently, but an intention to take a case if one arises".
A case would most likely be taken up with the European Court of Human Rights, Buckley said.
"A case would be successful if any tribunal ruled that attempts to forcibly repatriate Syrian refugees as unlawful and therefore preventing such action from being taken."
No country signed up to the convention can expel or return a refugee to where their life may be at risk, according to the principle.
In a strategy note quoted in The Guardian, Guernica 37 said: "The situation in Denmark is deeply concerning. While the risk of direct conflict-related violence may have diminished in some parts of Syria, the risk of political violence remains as great as ever, and refugees returning from Europe are being targeted by regime security forces."
"If the Danish government's efforts to forcibly return refugees to Syria is successful, it will set a dangerous precedent, which several other European states are likely to follow."
The government's revocation of residencies has sparked outcry from human rights groups, who said Syria was not safe enough for people to return to.
Protests in solidarity with refugees have taken place in Denmark and elsewhere, including London.
Denmark passed a law in June that would allow it to relocate asylum seekers to a third country while their applications are processed, sparking condemnation for the United Nations and the United States.