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Israel’s African Asylum Seekers: What Needs to be Done

(The Times of Israel, Irwin Cotler, February 8, 2018) Israel is home to nearly 40,000 African asylum seekers and migrants – of whom some 72 percent are Eritrean and 20 percent Sudanese – some of whom began to arrive as early as 2005. At the time,…

An Open Letter to Pilots of Ethiopian Airlines Concerning the Proposed Transportation of Eritrean and East African Refugees and Asylum-Seekers from Israel to Rwanda and Uganda

Most respected pilots of Ethiopian Airlines, You may be aware that the Government of Israel has declared its intention to forcibly repatriate or transfer all African refugees and asylum-seekers presently in Israel to their countries of origin or to East African countries such as Uganda and…

An Open Letter to the Pilots of El AL Airline Who Have Refused to Enforce the Israeli Government Policy of Flying Eritrean Refugees to Countries in East Africa Where Their Lives Would be Endangered

Most Respected Pilots of EL Al Airline, May we express our admiration and full support for your principled stand against the Israeli Government decision to expel asylum seekers and refugees from Israel and forcibly repatriate them to African countries where their lives will be in great…

Refugees Are Not Infiltrators, Don’t Jail or Deport Them

Human Rights Concern-Eritrea (HRCE) is seriously concerned at reports that, by the end of March 2018, Eritrean asylum-seekers will be deported from Israel to Eritrea, or to equally dangerous situations in Rwanda or Uganda, from which they may well be forcibly returned to their country of…

Open Letter to Mr. Marco Minniti, Italian Minister of Interior

Cc:       Mr. Andrea Orlando – Italian Minister of Justice; The office of the National Crime Agency (U.K.); Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein is the current United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights; Ms. Faith Pansy Tlakula (Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and…

Eritrea: No Improvement in Detained Eritrean Patriarch’s Circumstances

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has been informed that there has been no significant improvement in the circumstances of the detained head of the Eritrean Tewahdo Orthodox Church, despite official attempts to give the impression of progress. His Holiness Abune Antonios has effectively been under house arrest…

Prolonging a Miscarriage of Justice

It will soon be a year and a half of unjust imprisonment for Medhanie Tesfamariam Berhe, the man extradited from Sudan in a disturbing case of mistaken identity during a high profile joint investigation by the British National Crime Agency (NCA), and the Italian Palermo magistrate.…

Europe Must End Deals Helping the Slave Trade

Since the time of Gaddafi in Libya, migrants who make their way to Europe crossing that country have been informing governments and NGOs about the abuses they suffered in desert camps before making their way across the Mediterranean. Since the time of Gaddafi, Europe (primarily Italy)…

UNHCR Concerned over Israel’s Refugee Relocation Proposals

(UNHCR, November 17, 2017) UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is seriously concerned by proposals announced yesterday by Israel’s Interior Minister Aryeh Deri and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan. Under these proposals, Eritreans and Sudanese asylum-seekers and refugees would be compelled to accept relocation to countries in…

Why Must Eritreans be Crushed into Silence?

On October 31st 2017, a student-led protest in the capital of Eritrea was met with gunfire, after the demonstrators gathered in the streets of Asmara to demand the opening of their school which had been forcibly closed. They were primarily students of the Al Diaa Islamic School – a…

ERITREA: Canadian Appeal Court Affirms Eritreans’ Slavery and Forced Labour Claims Can Proceed

(London, 21 November, 2017) British Columbia’s Court of Appeal today dismissed an appeal by Nevsun Resources Ltd., that sought to block a case brought against the company by three Eritrean refugees for the alleged used of forced labour at its Bisha mine in Eritrea. The three plaintiffs allege they were national service conscripts and that their labour was…