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Forced deportations to Iraq undermine UN work. Immigration spokesman says just following orders. In a continuing crackdown on refugees, Norway is to forcibly deport several Iraqi asylum seekers back to Bagdad today in a coordinated operation with the UK, Sweden, Belgium, and the Netherlands. The deportations contravene UNHCR (the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees) recommendations about refugees from Bagdad, Diyala, Ninewa, Salah al-Din, and the Kirkuk province safety.

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Forced deportations to Iraq undermine UN work

Published on Wednesday, 9th June, 2010 at 10:54 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 9th June 2010 at 21:06.

Immigration spokesman says just following orders.

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Photo: Police Immigration Unit


Contravenes UN convention

In a continuing crackdown on refugees, Norway is to forcibly deport several Iraqi asylum seekers back to Bagdad today in a coordinated operation with the UK, Sweden, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

The deportations contravene UNHCR (the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees) recommendations about refugees from Bagdad, Diyala, Ninewa, Salah al-Din, and the Kirkuk province safety.

In accordance with the UN’s 1951 Refugee Convention, the UNHCR believes these groups of people should continue to enjoy international protection by being classed as DPs (Displaced Persons).

Amnesty International has warned Norwegian authorities against today’s planned deportation, saying the operation undermines work to get other countries to adhere to the UNHCR’s recommendations and rights of refugees.

“We are extremely disappointed that Norway continues to violate UN recommendations,” says Ina Tin, the organisation’s head of communications.

“Just doing our job”

Nobody at the UDI (Directorate of Immigration) would comment about today’s alleged deportations last night, reports NTB.

“We’re only executing decisions the Norwegian Immigration Appeals Board (UNE/Utlendingsnemnda) has made regarding expulsion, and can’t overrule them,” says Roar Hansen at the Police Immigration Service (PU).

Andreas Lorange, communications advisor at the Ministry of Justice (Justisdepartementet) says they are very thorough when it comes to returning people to their home country.

“We make individual assessments in every case. The UNHCR only looks at areas they believe are unsuitable for return.”

Amnesty believes the deportees will be put on a plane from Sweden. Police confirmed this evening they deported nine.




Published on Wednesday, 9th June, 2010 at 10:54 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 9th June 2010 at 21:06.

This post has the following tags: iraq, refugees, asylum, seekers, deportation, expulsion, unhcr, norway, convention.





  
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