BY BBC NEWS/JOHN WERU,13TH SEPT 2017-The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says it is “deeply concerned” by reports that 30 young asylum-seekers have been deported from Sudan to Eritrea.
In a statement, the UNHCR’s deputy representative for Sudan, Elizabeth Tan, said:
Radio Dabanga, an international broadcaster focused on Sudan’s Darfuri population, reports that “Sudanese courts deported 104 Eritrean refugees in August and sentenced others to imprisonment for their ‘illegal infiltration into the Sudanese territory'”.
The forcible return of refugees to their country of origin is a serious violation of international refugee law.They were deported on charges of illegal entry into Sudan, which is not supported under international refugee law… [These charges] are waived in the case of refugees.”
Privately owned Radio Dabanga, which broadcasts to Sudan from the Netherlands, reports that Sudanese courts deported 104 Eritrean refugees in August and sentenced others to imprisonment after they were accused of “illegal infiltration into the Sudanese territory”.