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Asylum seekers' deportation attracts severe UN criticism. UN’s high commissioner attacks Norway’s decision. The UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR) has sent a highly critical letter to the Minister of Justice, Knut Storberget, after 30 Iraqis were forcibly expelled from Norway by plane on 06 December last year. In it, Hans ten Feld, the UNHCR’s Nordic representative, writes he is “extremely worried” about the deportations, which directly contravene the UN’s International Refugee Convention.

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Asylum seekers' deportation attracts severe UN criticism

Published on Wednesday, 13th January, 2010 at 09:55 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 13th January 2010 at 10:10.

UN’s high commissioner attacks Norway’s decision.

UNHCR HQ, Geneva
UNHCR HQ, Geneva
Photo: Jungpionier/Wikimedia Commons


The UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR) has sent a highly critical letter to the Minister of Justice, Knut Storberget, after 30 Iraqis were forcibly expelled from Norway by plane on 06 December last year.

In it, Hans ten Feld, the UNHCR’s Nordic representative, writes he is “extremely worried” about the deportations, which directly contravene the UN’s International Refugee Convention.

“We know that the authorities are aware of our recommendations, but would like to remind them about our opinion anyway,” ten Feld tells Aftenposten.

The UNHCR has urged that Iraqis should not be returned to Bagdad and central regions in the country, as they believe that they are still in need of protection.

But Storberget says he’s sticking to the government’s tougher immigration policy of restricting the flow of illegal immigrants into Norway.

“I have problems with the thought that (the UNHCR’s recommendations) mean giving a carte blanche to asylum seekers from one particular area.”

Ten Feld also believes that the deportations send a wrong signal to Syria and Jordan who, unlike Iraq, don’t have the resources to protect up to two million Iraqi refugees.




Published on Wednesday, 13th January, 2010 at 09:55 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 13th January 2010 at 10:10.

This post has the following tags: unhcr, united, nations, iraq, iraqi, refugees, asylum, seekers, deportations, norway, minister, justice, knut, storberget.





  
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