NORWAY: STOP FORCIBLY REPATRIATING ETHIOPIAN REFUGEES TO A COUNTRY WHERE THEY FACE PERSECUTION! (SOCEPP Canada)

March 2nd, 2012 Print Print Email Email

The Norwegian government’s plan to forcibly repatriate Ethiopian refugees back to Ethiopia is indeed a very disturbing piece of news. Forcing asylum seekers to return back to Ethiopia where imprisonment, torture, and disappearances have become the rule rather than the exception, is indeed a shocking news that the international community must condemn if we were to respect the non-refoulment clause of the 1951 Refugee Convention, the 1969 Geneva Protocol and the 1980s African Charter.

As variously reported by human rights groups such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the like, at different time, Ethiopia has become hell for refugee returnees who had and continue to be “disappeared”. As one of the few nations concerned about the plight of refugees and human rights abuses around the world, Norway should have known and done better rather forcing refugees to a country they were forced to leave.

Just like many organizations that have documented systemic violation of the people’s rights in Ethiopia, we at SOCEPP Canada would appeal to the conscience of PM of Norway – Honorable Jens Stoltenberg, and the UNHCR to intervene and stop the deportation of Ethiopian refugees.

We have no doubt that the Honorable Prime Minister and the UNHCR would do the right thing and avert this human tragedy.

Please write your appeal to the following addresses:

The Honorable Jens Stoltenberg,
Prime Minister of The Royal Kingdom of Norway
E mail: postmottak@smk.dep.no

The Honorable Jonas Gahr Store
Minister of Foreign Affairs
E mail: umin@mfa.no

SOCEPP Canada
www.humanrightsethiopia.com

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