East Africa

Sudan: Tensions as Sudan expels refugees


Concern has been raised over Sudan’s mass expulsions of Eritreans, which is linked to frosty relations between the two countries.

At least 313 Eritreans were recently arrested arrested in the northern Sudanese town of Dongola.

They have been tried and convicted of “illegal entry” into Sudan under national immigration laws and have been forcibly returned to Eritrea.

Last month, 129 Eritreans were expelled back to their country of origin.

The latest expulsion included six Eritreans who were registered refugees.

Others had not applied for asylum but it remains unclear if they had been given the opportunity to do so.

Under international law, individuals have the right to apply for asylum at any time and to be offered access to a fair and efficient asylum procedure.

Sudanese domestic laws also uphold that right.

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees has thus urged Sudan to refrain from forcibly returning of Eritreans back to their country.

Tensions characterize relations between Sudan and Eritrea after clashes between Eritrean forces and a Sudanese army garrison on the borders in mid-September.


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