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Sudan Deports 30 Young Eritrean Asylum Seekers - UNHCR

Sudan-deports-EritreansSeptember 7, 2017 - The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) Deputy Representative for Sudan, Elizabeth Tan, stated that her agency is deeply concerned about reports of the deportation of some 30 young asylum-seekers from Sudan to Eritrea.

According to Elizabeth, the asylum-seekers do not appear to have had their claims adequately heard, and they were deported on charges of illegal entry into Sudan which is not supported under international refugee law.

"Charges of illegal entry are waived in the case of refugees," Tan said. "UNHCR is in contact with the authorities to seek further information on what occurred. We have also requested the Government of Sudan to refrain from any further removals until it is clear on what basis these deportations are taking place."

Tan's statement points out: "The forcible return of refugees to their country of origin is a serious violation of international refugee law."

As reported by Radio Dabanga this week, Sudanese courts deported 104 Eritrean refugees in August, and sentenced others to imprisonment for their 'illegal infiltration into the Sudanese territory'.

The 30 young asylum-seekers Tan refers to were deported according to a ruling by the Kassala city court on Monday August 28. They were brought to the immigration police and returned to Eritrea through El Laffa crossing the next day.

Source:- Radio Dabanga


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