Somali asylum seekers killed after deportation

29th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

29 July 2004, AMSTERDAM — Two Somali asylum seekers deported from the Netherlands and Denmark were murdered in the eastern African nation soon after their return to their home country, it was reported Wednesday.

29 July 2004

AMSTERDAM — Two Somali asylum seekers deported from the Netherlands and Denmark were murdered in the eastern African nation soon after their return to their home country, it was reported Wednesday.

One of them was among the 26,000 asylum seekers that the Dutch government has already or will deport in the coming period. He was not among the 2,300 long-term asylum seekers issued with a residence permit under an amnesty earlier this year.

Amnesty International observer Martin Hill said Mohamed Yahya — who was a member of a persecuted ethnic minority in Somalia — was deported from the Netherlands in May and murdered several days later.

Dutch media later reported that the asylum seeker had actually been deported from Denmark.

Another rejected Somali asylum seeker, Abdinassir Abdulatif, was kidnapped and shot in the street in the capital Mogadishu on 10 June, nine months after he was deported from the Netherlands.

Mogadishu is in the south of Somalia and the Dutch government only considers northern Somalia to be safe. Abdulatif became stranded in the capital and never made it north.

Both men were allegedly killed by street robbers, who reportedly saw them as easy targets because they came from a foreign country and there would be no reprisals from ethnic clan members.

Amnesty said the murder of the asylum seekers highlights the shortcomings of Dutch asylum policy, claiming that the background of the Somali men were not sufficiently examined during the process of expulsion, Radio Netherlands reported.

Hill said the Dutch government should not deport vulnerable ethnic minorities that are discriminated against and persecuted in Somalia, Dutch public news service NOS reported.

But a spokesman from the Dutch Justice Ministry said there could be no relationship established between the asylum seeker's death and the Dutch deportation policy. Moreover, Dutch media claims only one of the asylum seekers was deported from the Netherlands.

The Netherlands decided at the start of June to temporarily suspend deportations of a specific group of rejected Somali asylum seekers.

The decision applies to Somali asylum seekers who must return to the north of the nation and are members of an ethnic minority who do not have family or community links. The temporary stay of deportations will apply for a maximum of 12 months.

The government's decision was prompted by a ruling in the Council of State, which advises the government on its legislation. The council ruling was prompted after three asylum seekers lodged legal objections against their looming deportation on concerns over the security situation in Somalia.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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