HRW: Israel detains asylum seekers, pressures them to leave

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March 13, 2013 19:40

 
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Human Rights Watch and the Hotline for Migrant Workers released a report on Wednesday stating that Israel is threatening detained Eritrean and Sudanese nationals, including asylum seekers, with prolonged detention to pressure them to leave Israel.

The report said that since December 11, 2012, "Israel’s pressure has convinced several hundred detained Sudanese and one Eritrean to leave Israel, and in February 2013, some 50 detained Eritreans agreed under similar pressure to leave for Uganda."

According to the report, all 50 of the detained Eritreans remain in detention.

Human Rights Watch and the Hotline for Migrant Workers said that Sudanese and Eritreans face a real risk of harm if they return to their home countries.

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