Home | Press Releases    Friday 27 August 2004

SHRO-Cairo Press Release on the Peaceful Assembly of Sudanese Refugees at the UN Refugee Office in Cairo

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

SHRO-CAIRO

Press Release
Cairo — August 26, 2004

Hundreds of Sudanese refuges and refuge applicants gathered at the United Nations Refuge Office of al-Muhandiseen district in Cairo, about 9 a.m. yesterday, Wednesday’s morning, August 25, 2004.

The demonstrators aimed to deliver a new Memorandum to the UN officials including among other claims a call on the Office to:

- Cancel a previous decision aimed to stop receiving refuge applications from the Sudanese in Egypt for six months until December 2004;

- Cancel a previous decision to reduce the financial aid of the refugees, as well as the refuge applicants, except for families with 7 members or more - in addition to the mother and the father; and

- Cancel the Office decision that pays only 50% health insurance to the recipient refugee.

The refugees were carrying banners calling for "stoppage of the unfair decisions, salvage our lives today, yes to refugee camps - no to emptying apartments,’ and an appeal: "the children of Sudan cry of sickness and hunger."

Regrettably, the UN officials refused to receive the refugees’ memo. The officials, moreover, asked by an immediate contact with the refugee affairs at the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for security intervention to disassemble the demonstrators.

The intervention of the security forces by the use of tar gas and physical violence led to clashes resulting in the hurt of a number of refugees of whom at least 2 persons received medical attention at the Um Baba Hospital. Ten members of the security forces were also hurt, according to a statement by the Egyptian Ministry of Interior.

Preliminary information indicates that 15 refugees have been detained, soon after the demonstration that continued for many hours. All yesterday night and this morning, the arrests included at least 22 persons from their homes and other places. The detainees were charged with the acts of causing riot by unlawful assembly, destroying public as well as private property, assaulting public officials, and breaching the public order. The detainees were further detained for 15 renewable days.

The Sudan Human Rights Organization Cairo Office is gravely concerned for the occurrence of this violent confrontation. The Organization regrettably denounces the way the UN Office dealt with the peaceful gathering of the refugees and refugee applicants and the refusal of the office to receive the refugees’ memo, in addition to the appeal of the UN Refugee Office appeal to the security force to disassemble the demonstrators from the very place that is publicly entrusted with the humanitarian task of providing protection, security, and welfare to the refugees and the refuge applicants.

The reasons that motivated these Sudanese nationals to leave the Homeland are still existent.

SHRO-Cairo strongly supports the refugees’ and the refugee applicants’ call on the UN Office to cancel the decision of suspending their cases.

The Organization calls on the Office to provide the stipends and the medical care that the refugees need.

SHRO-Cairo calls on the United Nations Office to intervene for the immediate release of the detained refugees and to provide legal aid for that purpose in compliance with the Office mandate.

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


s
Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Open letter to South Sudan Civil Aviation Authority 2018-09-19 04:05:10 By Telar Ring Deng On the cold morning of 9th September 2018, we were all in utter shock and bewilderment at the very tragic accident that occurred in Eastern Lakes State when a Plane crashed (...)

Sudanese have become prey of mercenaries and Janjawid militias 2018-09-17 09:59:30 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman The Janjaweed bandits have been raging in the land of Darfur in particular and Sudan in general with corruption, havoc and destruction, more than a decade on. The (...)

Khartoum’s peace agreement: A looming disaster 2018-09-15 07:42:34 By Duop Chak Wuol Throughout the South Sudanese peace process, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO) has been faced with serious political issues. These issues make it (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Unity State community in Kenya supports Khartoum peace agreement 2018-08-17 08:33:21 PRESS STATMENT 14th Aug, 2018 Re: We shall Rally behind Khartoum Peace Agreement The Unity State Community Association in Kenya was established in 2010 to organize and mobilize the people of (...)

The Suspension of Hurriyat Online Newspaper 2018-04-29 07:04:37 Sudan Democracy First Group 28 April 2018 The Sudanese civil and political circles and those concerned with Sudan were shocked by the news that the management of Hurriyat online newspaper has (...)

Petition on the Deteriorating Human Rights and Humanitarian Situation in Sudan 2018-04-22 10:01:20 UN Secretary-General, New York African Union Commission, Addis Ababa UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva Petition on the Deteriorating Human Rights and Humanitarian Situation in Sudan (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2018 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.