Hundreds of Eritrean refugees are being deported to the staunch government from which they fled by the Sudanese government.
Sudan’s position on the African continent puts it in the spotlight for Eritrean refugees fleeing to Europe. Sudan is however deporting these Eritreans who sought to cross over to Libya in hopes of getting to Europe.
“Sudan is arresting and forcing Eritreans back into the hands of a repressive government without allowing refugees to seek protection,” said Gerry Simpson from Human Rights Watch (HRW)
“International law also prohibits the deportation, return, or forced expulsion of anyone to a place where they face a real risk to their life, or of torture or ill-treatment,” HRW said.
Eritrea which fought an independence war with Ethiopia for years is being governed by emergency rule. The country is isolated and repressive causing Eritreans to flee.
The causes of the emigration of Eritreans are hardly reported due to the secretiveness of the government. It is also less talked about for its isolation and lack of western allies.
The UN reported that more than a quarter of the 132,000 migrants arriving in Italy between January and September 2015 were Eritreans.
Sudan’s deportation of at least 442 Eritrean refugees follows a decision by the European Union to collaborate with the government of Sudan to manage the thousands fleeing the East African country.
“The EU is in the early stages of working with Sudan and other African countries to tighten their border controls, tackle refugee and migrant smuggling, and improve the lives of potential migrants in those countries,
“If Sudan wants to market itself as a refugee-rights-respecting nation, it’s going about it the wrong way,
“Eritreans, Ethiopians and others who want protection must be allowed full access to fair asylum procedures,” HRW said.