Voice of "Plight of the Eritrean Refugees, Toronto, Canada"
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The Tragedy of Eritrean Refugees

The Trafficking of Men and Human Organs


“Don't even talk about meeting the marauding Bedouins, " says our contact, the man who worked with them for years from El Arish. A few days ago there was a gun battle with police, and too many media are pay attention to the hostage affair in the Sinai. They are, however, the key to understand the mysteries of Sinai, how many are the abductees, and where did the Eritreans that rest outside the cemetery of El Arish have ended.

According to a chilling launch the Palestinian news agency Ma'an, the action of organ traffickers on the border between Egypt and Israel has already been denounced in September by a refugee from Eritrea to escape his captors Bedouins. The man had denounced the killing of his classmates after he was taken the money and their organs removed. The bodies were thrown into the luggage car of the robbers.

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Prisoners in the Sinai
Human Rights Defenders take on the Traffickers

By Roberto Malini  Rome /Arish -  http://www.tolerance.ca/Article.aspx?ID=123193&L=en
What use are the actions undertaken by human rights defenders? What use are the campaigns, reports and complaints, contacts with the institutions and the media during these operations? Unfortunately, they are sometimes insufficient to prevent humanitarian tragedies taking place, or to save lives. This is not the case, however, for the long campaign that EveryOne Group and other NGOs involved in defending the rights of refugees has carried out to protect sub-Saharan migrants in Northern Sinai.Thanks to an enormous amount of evidence, reports, photographs and videos, human rights defenders have helped to save hundreds of human lives in the North Sinai Governorate. Thanks to the continuous presence of the media and several actions by the United Nations and European Union; thanks to the courageous work of organizations such as New Generation Foundation for Human Rights, ICER, Agenzia Habeshia, the NGO Gandhi, and other small and large organizations, many human beings have now been saved who were once destined for the human organs black market, brutal treatment in the traffickers’ hideouts, inhuman conditions in Egyptian prisons and deportation. This result does not lessen the pain for the many victims in the past, or the suffering of many other young refugees. However, we believe that every life saved is a miracle, an important step towards a human society without violence, discrimination and injustice.

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Oromia-Somaliland: The Frustrating Situation of Refugees in Somaliland

November 13, 2011 at 3:07 pm · Gadaa.com The following statement is the Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA).


HRLHA Appeal and Urgent Action

Your Excellency, Mr. Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud,
President of the Republic of Somaliland.

Dear Honorable President,

First of all, the Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA) would like to express its appreciation to the people of the Republic of Somaliland, and to its government for their hospitality and kindness towards thousands of refugees who have fled their homes to escaped government persecutions in Ethiopia, Eritrea and other neighboring countries, and now living in Somaliland.

However, what has been happening to refugees in Somaliland over the past two and three weeks is contrary to the expectations of the HRLHA and those of international communities.

According to information obtained by HRLHA through its correspondents in Hargeisa, Somaliland, the refugees in the country, most of whom are from Ethiopia, have been subjected to different kinds of harassment and intimidation in a very unsafe situation. According those reports, the refugees have been (and are being) indiscriminately evicted from their rented temporary shelters; and, as a result, more than 700 refugees have been forced to live on the streets. They are temporarily gathered at a place known as the Social Welfare Centre near the UNHCR office in Hargeisa. At this place, only those who could afford to buy, are using tents while those, who could not, are living in open air. Confiscations of properties, documents in particular, take place along with kidnappings at their temporary shelters on the streets.

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Today, November 10, 2011 a meeting was held at the Egyptian Embassy to the Holy See, between  Aly Hamada MEKHEMAR, AMBASSADOR OF EGYPT TO THE HOLY SEE, Mr. Ahmad Raafat, Embassy’s second secretary, the Hon. Savino Pezzotta, President of the Italian Council for Refugees, and Fr. Mussie Zerai, Chairman of the Habeshia Agency. In the encounter, issues were raised concerning the Eritrean refugees in Egypt, including captivity in the Sinai, the trafficking of organs, and the deportatiion of Eritrean refugees, in violation to  the Geneva Convention of 1951 which protects the right of asylum, of which Egypt is a signatory.

Arrest and indefinite detention of Eritrean asylum seekers and refugees (already recognized by UNHCR office in Sudan and Ethiopia ) due to their illegal entry/exit of the country, was one of the requests presented to the Ambassador.

Even in the understandable right of Egypt to protect its borders and to halt individuals entering/exiting the country illegally, it is a duty of the GoE to guarantee the right of asylum to those individuals  requesting it,  as per Art  31 of  the 1951 Refugee Convention, which asks states not to penalize asylum seekers for their illegal entry. “The Contracting States shall not impose penalties, on account of their illegal entry or presence, on refugees who, coming directly from a territory where their life or freedom was threatened in the sense of article 1, enter or are present in their territory without authorization, provided they present themselves without delay to the authorities and show good cause for their illegal entry or presence.

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He is a refugee in Sudan from Eritrea,  a gifted  artist who gives shape to his pains, fears, hopes and challenges. In Sudan he cannot work, but his family need to be fed. As “illegal aliens”his children do not go to regular schools. He hears of Canada, a land that welcomes people willing to make a contribution with their talents. A flow of refugees with family in Canada pass him by and wish him well. He does not have anyone in Canada, nor in Australia or the United States, to support him for the first months until he settles down and finds a job. The Plight Of Eritrean Refugees Group from the Eritrean Chaplaincy  want to give him a chance to make it in Canada. We depend on your generosity for this dream to come true.   This ticket will provide him and his family one meal. Thank you. “It is in giving that we receive . . .” (St. Francis).
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Civil War Threatening the Sudans, Warn Bishops

Conflict Worsening at New Border Region

KHARTOUM, Sudan, NOV. 7, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Violence is spreading in Sudan and the newly formed South Sudan, such that a civil war is threatening if the international community doesn't intervene, according to the countries' bishops.

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Aswan, 31 ottobre 2011 - At the police stations in Aswan, and the military camp of Shelal, about 300 Eritrean refugees are currently being detained, in appalling hygienic conditions and subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment.

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