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Israel Refutes Lengthy Eritrean Military Service Claims

Interior Minister Silvan Shalom said Eritreans have to do military service
Lengthy mandatory military service as a factor? But what forced Eritrea to maintain a large standing army and an extended military service? The answer to the large scale emigration of Eritrean youth lies behind this question. Despite the social and economic consequences that it entails, Eritrea will have no option than maintaining a high level of military preparedness until the threat to its national existence is removed. Who else to understand this better than the Israelis?

By Ilan Lior | for haaretz.com,

Interior Minister Silvan Shalom said Monday that Eritreans have to do military service for 18 months in their native land, contradicting recent reports by the United Nations and U.S. State Department.

Israeli advocates on behalf of Eritrean asylum seekers have cited lengthy mandatory military service as a factor motivating them to flee their homeland, but Shalom rejected such claims. Continue reading Israel Refutes Lengthy Eritrean Military Service Claims

British Report Discredits Eritrean Refugee Claim

IMMORAL. There are already 350,000 refugees in Uganda and 72,000 in Rwanda. But, why should Rwanda or Uganda compete to accept 45,000 more? For Humanity? Money? Weapons exchange? Shouldn’t Israel, as a modern and democratic country, be left alone to deal with its own refugees? Why shouldn’t Israel confirm or adopt the UK Home Office report and start repatriating them back to Eritrea in a dignified way than packaging them as commodities to exchange with some corrupt African leaders?

By Gil Ronen,

A REPORT issued in late March by the British Home Office determines that defectors from the Eritrean army do not, in fact, face life-threatening danger in Eritrea, and therefore do not deserve refugee status in other countries. Britain has issued new guidelines for dealing with the Eritreans who have flooded that country.

The British report is largely based on a report issued in Denmark in November, which has come under fire from “human rights” groups and the UNHCR.  Continue reading British Report Discredits Eritrean Refugee Claim

Israel Begins Deporting African Asylum Seekers

Leave honourably and safely. Israel has started handing out official notices to African migrants held in the detention facilities, informing them of their impending deportation from Israel to third-party countries.

By DPAISRAEL has begun deporting asylum seekers, most of them Eritreans who entered the country illegally, to third-party nations.

Seven Eritreans staying at an open facility in Israel‘s Negev desert received letters saying they had 30 days to leave for an unnamed country, said the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants in Israel on Thursday.

If they refused, they risked being sent to a closed detention centre.  Continue reading Israel Begins Deporting African Asylum Seekers

Danish Report Finds Eritrean Migrants Aren’t Refugees

According to the Danish Immigration Service fact-finding report, 99.9% of all Eritrean asylum seekers are Economic migrants and there is no danger to returning Eritrean army deserters and illegal immigrants at all. Now that sparks a call for Israeli action with Norway and Sweden to follow soon. However, Eritrea only accepts if they return voluntarily.

By Shimon Cohen,

A SPECIAL research delegation of the Danish Immigration Service (UDL) went to Ethiopia and Eritrea to clarify the political realities in the region in terms of “refugee status” for immigrants illegally leaving Eritrea, and last month published its precedent setting results.

The report, released November 14 and entitled “Eritrea – Drivers and Root Causes of Emigration, National Service and the Possibility of Return,” removed the blanket asylum granted to Eritreans in Denmark.  Continue reading Danish Report Finds Eritrean Migrants Aren’t Refugees

Eritrean Ambassador Acknowledges Return of Eritrean Immigrants from Israel

Frustrated by the only choice of either leaving Israel or facing indefinite detention in a remote desert facility with no work, economic migrants from Eritrea have started to return home in droves.

By TesfaNews,

AS Israel has come under fierce criticism from rights groups over ‘unlawful coercion’ of Sudanese and Eritrean immigrants into returning to their home countries, Eritrean envoy to Tel Aviv, Ambassador Tesfamariam Tekest acknowledges that despite the lack of direct flights from Israel, dozens of immigrants have started to voluntarily return to Eritrea every week.

Israel regards the immigrants less as asylum seekers than economic opportunists and routinely refers them as ‘infiltrators’.  Continue reading Eritrean Ambassador Acknowledges Return of Eritrean Immigrants from Israel

David Matas and the Case of Human Rights Hypocrisy

Local Eritreans calling on David Matas to stop speaking on their behalf.  At the risk of being falsely labelled as anti-Semitic, how can a dogmatic supporter for the State of Israel should be an advocate for Eritrean refugees?

By Henok Yihdego,

DAVID MATAS, a well-known international human rights lawyer and activist who regularly speaks to the press on behalf of Eritrean refugees in Canada is drawing criticism from people who say they are troubled by the Winnipeg-based lawyer’s militant public support for the state of Israel.

According to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Eritreans residing in Israel today receive no social assistance and live under constant threat of arrest and deportation. Described as infiltrators by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, they are not recognized as refugees and often live without any rights.  Continue reading David Matas and the Case of Human Rights Hypocrisy