UN criticises tightened Swiss policy on Eritreans
Feb18

UN criticises tightened Swiss policy on Eritreans

One of the United Nations’ top human rights experts says Switzerland had no good reason to crack down on Eritreans.

François Crépeau, a Canadian lawyer who serves as the UN’s special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, lashed out at Switzerland’s recent decision to tighten its asylum policy towards Eritreans in an interview with two Swiss newspapers on Friday.

On February 2, the Federal Administrative Court said Switzerland would no longer recognise Eritreans as refugees solely on grounds of having fled their country illegally. Until last summer, leaving Eritrea illegally was considered a legitimate reason for asylum, since whoever did so faced up to five years in prison in Eritrea.

 

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From Arizona to Eritrea, a deadly start to 2017 for migrants - IOM
Feb11

From Arizona to Eritrea, a deadly start to 2017 for migrants - IOM

Deaths recorded in slow winter months and International Organization for Migration fears toll will rise in warmer weather.

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By Tom Miles

GENEVA, Feb 10 (Reuters) - More than 400 migrant deaths have been recorded so far in 2017, including on the Mediterranean crossings to Europe from North Africa and the route into the United States from Mexico, the International Organization for Migration said on Friday.

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Project Exile: Eritrean state media reporter turns critic
Feb05

Project Exile: Eritrean state media reporter turns critic

“When prison became a synonym for Eritrea…you can only flee.”

In Eritrea, even being part of the East African nation’s tame state media is no protection. That was the conclusion Abraham Zere reached after years of working as a columnist for the government newspaper Hadas Erta and later for the ruling party’s magazine. 

All independent media outlets in the country of 6 million were closed in 2001 amid a massive crackdown on internal dissent following the country’s disastrous two-year border-war with Ethiopia. More than a dozen prominent journalists were jailed – and to this day it’s not known how many are still alive.

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Switzerland toughens up rules for Eritrean asylum seekers
Feb04

Switzerland toughens up rules for Eritrean asylum seekers

Switzerland has slammed shut its open-door policy toward Eritreans which had automatically granted them refugee status.
In announcing its decision on Thursday, the Swiss federal administrative court in St Gallen said the lax policy was unjustified. It had also been criticized by several Swiss politicians who claimed it was being abused.
 
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