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Refugees put at risk by flawed Norwegian deportation policy. Report criticizes country for contributing to human rights abuse. Evidence has been uncovered that Norway’s asylum policy is leading to persecution of deportees it sends Greece. A recent report shows that refugees face serious threats to their safety. Norway’s possible contravention of the UN’s International Refugee Convention continues.Asylum seekers and the Greek police “Four guards took me to a small room, where they tied my hands together with rope, and hung me in the window...They started to beat me with hard, black plastic hoses. They beat me all over my body, but most of all on my stomach. The four guards took turns beating me...”

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Refugees put at risk by flawed Norwegian deportation policy

Published on Monday, 26th October, 2009 at 00:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 27th October 2009 at 13:51.

Report criticizes country for contributing to human rights abuse.

Greece and Turkey Journey, March 2008
Greece and Turkey Journey, March 2008
Photo: The Norwegian Helsinki Committee


Evidence has been uncovered that Norway’s asylum policy is leading to persecution of deportees it sends Greece. A recent report shows that refugees face serious threats to their safety. Norway’s possible contravention of the UN’s International Refugee Convention continues.

Asylum seekers and the Greek police

“Four guards took me to a small room, where they tied my hands together with rope, and hung me in the window...They started to beat me with hard, black plastic hoses. They beat me all over my body, but most of all on my stomach. The four guards took turns beating me...”

This is just one of many accounts by asylum seekers from a previous report – “A gamble with the right to asylum in Europe” – published in 2008 by the Norwegian Organisation for Asylum Seekers (NOAS), the Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC), and the Greek Helsinki Monitor (GHM).

74 asylum seekers were deported from Norway to Greece in 2007. Although the Norwegian Immigration Appeals Board (UNE) only suspended further deportations after the three organisations sent the immigration authorities a joint letter, Norway is now in the process of reactivating this, according to Berit Lindeman of the NHC.

Systematic dumping

Turkey and Greece Journey, March 2008
Turkey and Greece Journey, March 2008
The Norwegian Helsinki Committee
Even though Greece is a signatory to the so-called Dublin II Convention, refugees arriving from Norway are at considerable risk of further deportation, with no assessment of their need of protection, according to a new report released by the NHC, NOAS, and the Greek organisation AITIMA – “Out the Back Door: illegal deportations of refugees from Greece”.

“We have documented how asylum seekers, along with other immigrants, are rounded up by the police and transported to the Turkish border near Evros in Northern Greece. The lack of basic legal safeguards in Greece is the main reason why this is allowed to happen, as well as the Greek policy of deporting immigrants without this being in any way regulated by formal procedures,” says senior advisor in the Norwegian Organisation for Asylum Seekers (NOAS), Sylo Taraku, in a press release.

Pressing

Norway is to tighten up its asylum policy, returning what it deems to be illegal asylum seekers. This puts the refugees into a possible “double jeopardy” situation.

Journey to Greece and Turkey, 03.08
Journey to Greece and Turkey, 03.08
The Norwegian Helsinki Committee
If they are deported to Greece, Norway will once again be contravening the UN’s International Refugee Convention by sending the refugees back to a country where they are at risk of persecution in direct violation of the so-called “non-refoulement” principle. If Greece “deports” them” to Turkey, there is a high risk of being sent back to their home country, threatening their safety once more.

“We haven’t talked to either the Department of Justice or the UNE about the issue recently, but wish to meet with them as soon as possible,” Lindeman tells The Foreigner.

Greece receives approximately 25,000 new asylum seekers annually.



Published on Monday, 26th October, 2009 at 00:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 27th October 2009 at 13:51.

This post has the following tags: norway, norwegian, eu, un, helsinki, committee, greece, greek, organisation, asylum, seekers, deportation, descrimination, human, rights, abuse.





  
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