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Norway negotiating with Eritrea on readmission agreement after closing deal with Ethiopia

The Norwegian Government is working on an agreement with Eritrea on returning asylum-seekers who have been refused asylum. This has been confirmed end of January 2012 by Pål Lønseth State Secretary at the Ministry of Justice. The UNHCR, NGOs and researcher advice against return to Eritrea as there is a high risk that deportees will end up in prison right upon arrival. Currently very few countries deport rejected asylum-seekers to Eritrea.

In January 2012, the Norwegian and Ethiopian government signed a memorandum of understanding which will enable Norway to return Ethiopian nationals, including asylum seekers whose applications have been rejected. NGO's commented that deportees Ethiopia could be at risk of imprisonment and even torture or death as Ethiopia has an authoritarian regime where human rights abuses have escalated during the past year.

We are trying to get more information and on this recent developments. We will keep you updated. ECRE Weekly Bulletin 3 February 2012)

(UNHCR Baltic and Nordic Headlines 28-30 January 2012)


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