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Hundreds of Refugees Held Hostage in Sinai Torture Camps Need Rescuing

Agenzia Habeshia - Italy, Release Eritrea – United Kingdom , International Commission on Eritrean Refugees (ICER) – United States, Eritrean Movement for Democracy and Human Rights (EMDHR) - Sweden, The America Team for Displaced Eritreans – United States, Physicians for Human Rights - Israel, Hotline for Migrant Workers - Israel

Claims that a large number of refugees have been released from Sinai camps following media reports represents only a partial picture of the current situation on the ground. Human rights organizations worldwide have come together to publish up-to-date information in their possession which shows that the smuggling networks are still up and running and that hundreds of refugee hostages are being tortured by human traffickers in the Sinai.

For more than 18 months, the chilling evidence of horrors inflicted by human traffickers on refugees as they are on their way to Israel through the Sinai desert has been published and broadcast in Israel and throughout the world. During the past year, the organizations signed on this document have provided detailed information, systematically collected, regarding smuggling networks operating in the Sinai and beyond (Israel, Ethiopia, and Sudan) to influential bodies in the international arena including diplomats, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Amnesty International and the Israeli authorities. Despite these numerous appeals, and the concrete nature of the information that was transferred, the detention camps, the extortion, and the torture continue.
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ISRAEL - Eritreans Flee to Detention

By Jillian Kestle

TEL AVIV, Nov 30, 2011 (IPS) - Standing across the street from the American embassy in Tel Aviv, more than 200 Eritrean asylum seekers chanted "Yes to justice! Yes to humanity!", and demanded international intervention to stop torture camps in the Egyptian Sinai. Protests by African asylum seekers in Israel are growing, in the face of increasingly tough policies by the Israelis.

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ERITREAN ASYLUM SEEKERS IN ISRAEL

On Friday morning, Eritrean refugees gathered outside the US embassy in Tel Aviv, in hopes of bringing the American government's attention to the plight of Eritrean asylum seekers who face torture and rape at the hands of the smugglers who take them to the Israeli border. 

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Israeli jail grappling with rising swell of illegal African immigrants

Almost 3,000 Africans are held at the Saharonim detention center, with hundreds crossing over into Israel every day.  By Yaniv Kubovich, Dana Weiler-Polak and Talila

TAKEN FROM  www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/haaretz-special-report-israeli-jail-grappling-with-rising-swell-of-illegal-african-immigrants-1.397366

 

The commander of the Saharonim detention center, which holds foreigners who have fled their homes in Africa, crossed Sinai and entered Israel illegally, notes that "hundreds come every day; others are released or deported. The difficult decisions are not made at my desk," says Shimon Bibas, commander of the Negev facility. "We simply do the job as best we can."  For the past three years, Bibas has been in charge of one of the most controversial, and least known, facilities in the country. The media has never been allowed inside before, despite repeated requests. At Saharonim everyone who enters the country illegally in the south is detained; some are persecuted asylum-seekers and victims of rape and torture, some are labor migrants trying their luck in Israel. There, fates are decided: Who will be released into Israel, and who will be deported?

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Egypt: Don’t Deport Eritreans

(Geneva) – The Egyptian authorities are preparing to deport 118 detained Eritreans to Eritrea, where they risk persecution, Human Rights Watch said today. On October 29, 2011, guards at the al-Shalal prison in Aswan beat the 118 men, including 40 who already have refugee status, to force them to sign papers for their “voluntary” return to Eritrea, according to sources with access to the detainees. Egypt should stop forcing detained Eritreans to sign repatriation forms and allow the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to interview all detained Eritreans to identify refugees among them, Human Rights Watch said. According to UNHCR, it has already registered 40 of the group as refugees in Sudan and Ethiopia. The renewed deportations signal a return to Egypt’s mass deportations of Eritreans in 2008and 2009, Human Rights Watch said.

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World Council of Churches in Geneva
Told 3,000 Lives, Mostly Eritreans, Perished in the Sinai

 from the http://habeshia.blogspot.com/2011/11/world-council-of-churches-in-geneva.html

Last Updated on Monday, 14 November 2011 21:10 Written by EPDP Information Office Monday, 14 November 2011 20:58

Senior officials of the World Council of Churches (WCC) were informed by the Eritrean priest, Father Mussie Zerai, on Monday 14 November, that in the last three years alone, 10,000 African refugees suffered brutalities by Bedouin human organ traffickers inthe Egyptian Sinai and Sudan and that 3,000 of them perished without trace. The Catholic priest, Father Mussie, is the founder-manager of Agenzia Habeshia which has been engaged in advocacy on behalf of victimized Eritrean and Ethiopian asylum seekers in the Middle East and North Africa.

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