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Detained Sudanese, Eritreans under threat in Israel: HRW

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March 12, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - Authorities in Israel are threatening Sudanese and Eritrean nationals, including asylum seekers, with prolonged detention in a bid to force them to leave the Middle East country, a US-based right group said.

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According to Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the hotline for migrant workers, Israel has pressured several detained Sudanese, mainly from Darfur, and one Eritrean to leave the country since December last year, while in February some 50 detained Eritreans reportedly agreed to leave for Uganda under similar pressure.

All 50 remain in Israeli detention, the group says.

“Israel’s prolonged detention of asylum seekers apparently aims to shatter all hope so they feel they have no real choice but to leave the country,” said Gerry Simpson, senior refugee researcher at HRW.

The Israelis authorities, the official added, should release the asylum seekers while their claims are being examined and protect anyone at risk, instead of browbeating some of the world’s most abused and vulnerable people into giving up their rights and putting themselves at grave risk.

Sudanese and Eritreans, according to the rights group, are likely face a real risk of harm if they return to their home countries. Under Sudanese law, for instance, anyone who has visited Israel reportedly faces up to 10 years in prison in Sudan and Sudanese officials have said the courts will apply the law.

In a report extended to Sudan Tribune, the group said Israel would contravene international laws if it opts to return anyone to a place where the person’s life or freedom would be threatened.

“Such return would violate international law’s prohibition on refoulement – forced return to a serious risk of persecution,” the report says partly, citing the 1951 Refugee Convention, which bars the return “in any manner whatsoever” to places where a person would face a serious risk of persecution.

Meanwhile, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has confirmed that Sudanese who agreed to leave Israel in recent months were sent to “third” countries through which they transited before travelling on to Sudan.

According to HRW, these countries had no obligation to allow Sudanese nationals to enter, meaning “they would have been forced to travel onward to Sudan”.

Under UNHCR detention guidelines, an asylum seeker should only be detained “as a last resort”, with detention permitted only briefly to establish a person’s identity or for longer periods if it is the only way to achieve broader aims such as protecting national security or public health.

HRW says Israel is currently holding more than 2,000 African nationals in two detention centres near the Egyptian border, including at least 1,100 Eritreans and 600 Sudanese, all of whom reportedly have little prospect of being released because of “restrictive” Israeli asylum laws and policies.

About 50,000 other Eritrean and Sudanese nationals reportedly live in Israel’s cities, and although authorities have informally suspended their deportation, plans are still in place to have them deported anytime.

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  • 13 March 2013 09:03, by James Maker Akok

    South Sudan refugee people were the people who were helping every nation to stay in Israel but after South Sudan Independence for South Sudan people to come back to their country, that why Israel is kicking out every refugee in Israel. Israel is not refugees place but they were allowing refugees that time because of Southerns Sudanese people.

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  • 13 March 2013 10:09, by ForAll

    “Israel’s prolonged detention of asylum seekers apparently aims to shatter all hope so they feel they have no real choice, but to leave the country,”
    The prolonged detention means torture which is not allowed by UNHRs.
    Refugees all over the world have their rights as human beings to seek BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS (water, food and shelter) moreover they must get SECURITY and SAFETY.

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  • 13 March 2013 10:20, by ForAll

    The UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
    Article 5
    No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
    Article 9
    No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

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    • 13 March 2013 12:25, by Israeli

      How nice of you, mr. ForAll to enlighten us about the UN documents.
      Let me remind you another passage from the same:
      Article 31
      refugees unlawfully in the country of refugee
      1. The Contracting States shall not impose penalties, on account of their illegal entry or presence, on refugees who, coming directly from a territory
      where their life or freedom was threatened in the sense of article 1

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      • 13 March 2013 12:32, by Israeli

        All those people entered Israel illegaly via Egypt. How come didn’t they turn to UNHCR in Egypt? Is there any danger for them being in Egypt, and if there is, how about the democratic friend of Sudan taking some responsibilities about that? Egypt signed all the refugee conventions, you know. Those are North Sudanese, not Southerners.

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        • 13 March 2013 12:38, by Israeli

          And just for your knowledge - Israel detention center cannot be compared to Sudanese/Egyptian jail. The people there get all those basic needs you so care and cry about - health, food, cloth and normal living conditions. Such a pitty, we, the evil creatures, don’t let those poor people to go to work outside to make some little fortune for their extended family at home. That’s A REAL TORTURE!

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          • 13 March 2013 13:25, by ForAll

            Do you want tell me that the Sudanese Darfurian refugees there must LICK the feet of the white ISRAELIS inorder to survive there?

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        • 13 March 2013 14:33, by ForAll

          The roots of the present Israeli prime miniter were from Sudan....INVESTIGATE and deeply Dig in history
          Do you want to tell me that they were ILLEGALLY came to the land what now called ISRAEL?????

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      • 13 March 2013 13:32, by ForAll

        "The Taurat is the instruction which Allah gave to the Jews through the Prophet Musa (pbuh)."
        Ask the Israelis 100000000000 times to comply with all the instructions of the holy Taurat and treat human beings equally and respectfully.

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      • 13 March 2013 14:15, by ForAll

        "Allaah confirms in the Quran that His Quran, His Torah (Taurat) and His Gospel (Injil) are protected by Him."
        Pls REINFORM the ISRAELIS that all human beings were/are sons and daughters of ADAM & EVE.

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  • 13 March 2013 13:02, by ForAll

    Israelis are the most professional human being in the skill of detention and torture as they did it with MOSES and his close great family members.

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  • 13 March 2013 13:20, by ForAll

    ISRAEL is degrading and discriminating our BLACK AFrican JEWS brothers ..FALASHA who left east African between 1981-1987.
    Where are HRW, UNSC, ICJ, AU, ILO and all others who respect humans as humans?

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