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Help Release Asylum Seekers, Refugees at Risk of Deportation (Djibouti: UA 195/16)

Urgent Action
August 24, 2016

 

For the past month, Djiboutian authorities have been rounding up and detaining hundreds of Ethiopian asylum seekers and refugees with the aim of deporting them back to Ethiopia. They are at risk of torture and other forms of ill-treatment upon their return to Ethiopia.
 
In the past month, Amnesty International has been receiving credible reports that Djiboutian police have been rounding up and detaining hundreds of Amhara and Oromo Ethiopian asylum seekers and refugees with the aim of deporting them back to Ethiopia. Summary deportations of Ethiopian asylum seekers and refugees from Djibouti continue to occur on a daily basis.
 
The registration process for asylum seekers seeking refugee status in Djibouti is very slow, resulting in backlogs preventing many asylum seekers from registering as refugees. As a result, many asylum seekers in Djibouti do not have documents attesting to their right to remain in the country until their asylum application is finally determined.
 
The number of deportations escalated after the weekend of 7-8 August, the same weekend that large protests in both Oromo and Amhara regions of Ethiopia occurred. Violent police response to protests that erupted in the Oromia region of Ethiopia in November 2015 caused a massive movement of Oromos out of Ethiopia. The Ethiopian government has often accused Ethiopians outside the country of planning these protests. 
 
The asylum seekers and refugees face a real risk of torture and other forms of ill-treatment upon their return to Ethiopia. Their deportations violate not only their rights to non-refoulement (the right not to be transferred to a place where the individual would be at real risk of persecution or other serious human rights violations), but also their procedural rights to oppose the deportations on human rights grounds.
 
1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call fax or tweet:
  • Calling on the Djiboutian authorities to immediately release detained asylum seekers and refugees;
  • Calling on them to immediately cease all deportations of Ethiopian asylum seekers and refugees in Djibouti back to Ethiopia; 
  • Urging them to respect, protect and fulfil the rights of asylum seekers and refugees, in particular the right to non-refoulement.  
Contact these 2 officials by October 5, 2016:
Executive Secretary of National Office for Assistance to Refugees and Affected People (ONARS)
Mr. Hussein Hassan Darar
Zone Industrielle BP 55
Djibouti
Fax: +253 21 35 09 14
Salutation: Dear Sir
 
Ambassador Zyad Mohamed Doualeh, Embassy of the Republic of Djibouti
1156 15th St. NW Suite 515, Washington DC 20005
Phone: 1 202 331 0270  I  Fax: 1 202 331 0302  I  Email: dijibouticonsular@gmail.com
Salutation: Dear Ambassador
 
2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
Here’s why it is so important to report your actions: we record the number of actions taken on each case and use that information in our advocacy. Either email uan@aiusa.org with “UA 195/16” in the subject line or click this link.
 
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