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Associazione per la Tutela dei Diritti Umani del Popolo Eritreo


12 dicembre 2008 – ERITREA/EGITTO – Appello urgente di Amnesty International

UA 225/08                                Arbitrary detention/ Fear of torture and other ill treatment



ERITREA/EGYPT                     Up to 1’200 forcibly returned asylum seekers



Between 12 and 19 June, up to Eritrean asylum seekers were forcibly returned from Egypt to Eritrea.

While almost all of the returnrd women with children and those who were pregnant were released after some weeks in detention,

the majority of the male and the single female Eritreans that were returned are held without charge.

Those in detention have been transferred in military camps and prisons, including 740 reportedly at the Haihal camp within Wia military camp, approximately 40 km south of Massawa. Wia military camp, approximately 40 km south of Massawa. Wia military camp is in a desert location where temperature reach uo to 40degrres Celsius during the day. Amnesty Internationl is seriously concerned with the well-being and detention conditions of at least 740 Eritreans still in arbitrary detention in Eritrea following their forcible return from Egypt in June 2008.


Amnesty International is also concerned that those who remain in arbitrary detention are at grave risk of torture, and other ill-treatment. Torture is regularly used against detainees in Eritrea, including at military camps such as Wia. Methods of torture Amnesty International ha previously documented in Eritrea include prolonged beating with whips and kicking, tying detainees in stress position such as the helicopter position and the figure eight position, and leaving them in the sun for periods of hours.


RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send appeals to arrive as quickly as possible, in English, Arabic or in yout oun language:

To the Eritrean Authorities

– urging the authorities to disclose the names and whereabouts of all the Eritreans who have been forcibly returned from Egypt since 11 June.

– urging the authorities not to detain, torture or ill-treat those who have been returned,

– reminding the authorities that enforced disappearances, torture and other ill- tretment are prohibited under international law.




His Excellency President Issayas Afewerki

Office of the President

PO Box 257 Asmara, Eritrea

fax: +2911 123 788 (via Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Salutation: Your Excellency


Ministry of Justice

Ms Fawzia hahim

Ministry of Justice

PO Box 241, Asmara, Eritrea

Salutation: Dear Minister




To the Egyptian authorities:

–          calling on the authorities to disclose the names af all the Egyptians they recently returned to Eritrea;

–          calling on the Egyptian government to take all the possible diplomatic measures to ensure the Eritreans they returned to Eritrea are released from arbitrary detention, and are not tortured or otherwise ill treated;

–          urging them to respect Egypt’s international obligations under the 1951 refugee convention and the Un Convention against Torture not to for forcibly return asylum-seekers, where they would be risk of torture and other serious human rights violations.


Minister of Foreign Affairs

Minister Ahmed Ali Aboul Gheit

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Corniche al-Nil, Maspiro

Cairo, Egypt

Fax:+20 22 574 8822

+20 22 390 8159

+20 22 574 9533

E-mail: minexter@idsc1.gov.eg

Salutation: Dear Minister


COPIES TO: diplomatic representatives of Eritrea and Egypt accredited to your country.


PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat, or your section office, if aending appeals after 24 September 2008

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