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Ethiopian hunger strikers leave cathedral. The hunger striking, paperless group of Ethiopians who protested against their treatment by the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) has left Oslo cathedral. Their vigil began exactly one week ago, when protesters delivered a letter of appeal to Parliament, calling on the government to improve the rights of asylum seekers, as well as for fair handling of their cases. They then entered the church, refusing to leave, and forcing church authorities to close the building to members of the public. A parallel demonstration supporting their cause was held in Stavanger.

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Ethiopian hunger strikers leave cathedral

Published on Monday, 14th February, 2011 at 19:51 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

The hunger striking, paperless group of Ethiopians who protested against their treatment by the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) has left Oslo cathedral.

Protestors in front of Oslo cathedral
Protestors in front of Oslo cathedral
Photo: ©2011 Fikru Tadesse/The Foreigner


Their vigil began exactly one week ago, when protesters delivered a letter of appeal to Parliament, calling on the government to improve the rights of asylum seekers, as well as for fair handling of their cases.

They then entered the church, refusing to leave, and forcing church authorities to close the building to members of the public. A parallel demonstration supporting their cause was held in Stavanger.

Today, they exited the church singing today, thanking everyone at a later press conference for the support they have received, before being driven away by bus to an asylum reception centre in Torshov, reports Aftenposten.

It is expected the group will remain there for the rest of the week, and they have been promised a meeting with immigration authorities.

“I urge the Norwegian authorities to consider each and every one of them,” Bishop of Oslo, Ole Kristian Kvarme, said at a press conference at the cathedral.



Published on Monday, 14th February, 2011 at 19:51 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: hungerstrike, immigrationpolicy, oslocathedral, asylumseekers, ethiopia, eritrea.





  
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