Belgian Government makes deportation deal with Sudan

Belgium’s Minister for Asylum and Migration, Theo Francken has recently announced an agreement with the Sudanese Government that will result in the possible deportation of hundreds of Sudanese refugees from Brussels.

Brussels police have been conducting raids around Maximilien Park where many refugees are sleeping, and have been arresting large numbers of people, reportedly including minors. Representatives from Khartoum and the Sudanese Embassy are expected to conduct a mass identification mission and facilitate deportations to Sudan from Belgian detention centres.

We condemn this arrangement on the basis that Sudan’s president Omar al Bashir has an outstanding arrest warrant issued by the International Court of Justice for crimes against humanity and genocide.

We also fear this action will result in hundreds of refugees leaving Brussels and going to Calais, with the weather and living conditions in northern France getting more and more unbearable.

You can Tweet the Belgian minister here reminding him that Sudan is not safe and deportees can be at great risk of persecution and death under President al Bashir’s rule here.

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