UNHCR condemns Sudan's Eritrean deportation

18th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

The UN refugee agency condemned Tuesday Sudan's deportation of more than 300 Eritrean asylum seekers and refugees, despite an agreement between Khartoum and the UNHCR to screen Eritrean asylum claims.

"UNHCR condemns the deportation yesterday of over 300 Eritrean asylum seekers and refugees by Sudan," said Adrian Edwards, spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

"The deportation took place despite an agreement between UNHCR and the Sudanese Commissioner for Refugees that the Eritreans would be transferred to Khartoum for joint screening," he added.

The group was convicted for illegal entry and movement in Sudan, and were returned to their home country after being detained for several weeks in northern Sudan's Dongola.

An average 2,000 Eritreans enter Sudan every month, and small groups have been sporadically pushed back to Eritrea.

"We're concerned that this is continuing", said Edwards.

© 2011 AFP

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