Eritrean migrants living in Tel Aviv 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
An Eritrean who agreed to be deported from Israel to Uganda was deported to
Egypt shortly after arriving in the Central African country, and now faces
deportation to Eritrea, an activist in touch with the man told The Jerusalem
Post on Tuesday.
The migrant, Zeru Tesfamariam, is in the Cairo airport
awaiting deportation to Asmara, according to Eritrean-Swedish human rights
activist Meron Estefanos.
According to Estefanos, Tesfamariam, was
deported from Israel late on Sunday night, and arrived in Uganda at 3 a.m. on
Monday. He was again deported the next morning, arriving in Cairo at
Tesfamariam did not answer a phone placed to his mobile number on
Estefanos said the Ugandan authorities detained him
because he did not have an exit visa from Israel, only a transit visa from
Eritrean migrants who return to the country face prosecution for
illegally leaving the country and for avoiding military service.
March, Attorney-General Yehuda-Weinstein announced that he had ordered a stop to
all transfers of Eritreans out of Israel from the country's detention facilities
until further notice.
The decision was made in response to a report that
Tesfamihret Habtemariam, an Eritrean, was taken from a detention center in the
south of Israel and flown to Uganda with a stopover in Egypt, and was returned
to Cairo from where he was deported to Eritrea.
At the time, an attorney
representing the man said the Ugandan authorities had not agreed to accept his
client. The asylumseeker, Habtemariam, had been arrested several months earlier
under the amendment to the “Infiltrators Law,” and was being held in a detention
facility before he was deported.
Estefanos said Habtemariam is still in
prison in Eritrea, though the Post could not confirm this.
month, a state representative told the High Court that Israel had reached an
agreement with a third country to accept Eritreans deported from Israel. The
representative did not give details on which country Israel reached the
The Population, Immigration, and Borders Authority could
not be reached for comment on Tuesday.