Statement on the deportation of Sudanese Asylum Seekers to Sudan

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* Without undervaluing Norway’s efforts regarding the vulnerable and oppressed in their countries in general and asylum seekers in particular including the Sudanese;

* And without interfering with the policies and procedures of the Norwegian Immigration Authorities relating to asylum seeker’s procedures of authentication and information verification or the final decision on each case;

* And with full appreciation for the fact that some asylum cases might require rejection according to law, resulting in deportation;

* And without interfering in Norway foreign policies with Sudan or any other country.

We have followed with deep concern and anticipation vis-a-vis:

1- About 20 Sudanese asylum seekers have been regrouped in ” Trandum” deportation camp near Oslo Gardermoen Airport which is dedicated to those who received their second rejection;

2- A delegation from the Sudanese police arrived in Norway specifically to complete the deportation procedures of these detainees; and that the delegation has already completed the preparation of the required papers for 9 of the detainees before arriving in Norway;

3- The Norwegian authorities had proceeded to arrange meetings with officials from the Sudanese Embassy in Oslo. One of the detainees (Majid Khalil Ali) said that he has been forced to be interviewed by officials from the Sudanese embassy and both Norwegian and Sudanese police; and that he recognized the Sudanese Consul “Onour Ahmed Onour Mahmoud” and security official “Mahjoub Abakar”;

4- The detainees informed that one detainee was not in the rejection list and that, according to the testimony of detainees, he might be one of the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS);

5- Some of the detainees have already received letters stating that they will be deported within a few days;

As we point out the following:

6- We have already initiated legal proceedings in the lawsuit in cooperation with NOAS Lawyers, and are awaiting required permission to meet the detainees to provide legal authorizations to direct the proceedings;

7- We demand all the Norwegian authorities that oversee or are responsible for the continuation of these procedures to immediately stop any cooperation with a regime and its president who are accused of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity;

8- Recently, the Sudanese authorities (NISS) arrested Mohammed Geydoum, holding the Norwegian citizenship. He was arrested and tortured under the claims of espionage for the State of Israel. He was only released after the Norwegian Embassy in Sudan intervened. In 2013 the Sudanese Consul of the Sudanese Embassy in Norway, Mr. Onur, interrogated a number of Sudanese individuals in Denmark (no Sudanese Embassy in Denmark). The Sudanese individuals interrogated were in the process of being deported to Sudan, and the objective of the interrogation was to confirm that they are in fact Sudanese. Unconfirmed sources report one of the individuals was tortured to death after being deported to Sudan;

9- We via the resources at our disposal, contacted the Norwegian Ministry of Exterior asking for an urgent meeting to discuss the matter, the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration to allow us to meet the arrested individuals, and the Norwegian Parliament to acquire permission for a protest in front of the Norwegian Parliament building and the Sudanese embassy. We still have not received any response.

This statement is to achieve the following goals:

1- Remind the Norwegian government and authorities of the status of human rights in Sudan, represented in the reports issued by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, The European Parliament (EU), and TROIKA.

2- Clarify and emphasize the fact that the Sudanese regime would not, and will not hesitate on using any measures of arrest, detention, torture, and murder against those who fall in their hands.

3- We hereby declare our full rejection of the cooperation between the Norwegian government and the Sudanese regime, bearing in mind the Norwegian Government together with the United States of America and the United Kingdom announced 20 days ago that the Sudanese regime imposes obtrusive and restrictive measures on the political rights and political freedom, directly contradicting the constitution. We therefore reflect our deep regret that such a cooperation has reached a level represented in joint efforts between the police force of the two countries.

4- Take this opportunity to expose the danger of the tyrannical mentality of the members of the regime, even on trivial matters, such as facing a person of authority with a look of disdain, condemnation, and/or censure can result in a mortal sentence without referring to a judge.

5- We show that asylum laws with its included texts that makes asylum seekers statements and invoking the host country law (Norway), does not take into account the psychological and mental condition, which was formed through the long years of oppression and injustice, what makes hiding the facts in the face of the investigator and the way to non-self-defense and offense requires punishment, which is formed here, in the return to the country which was formed this pathological structure that requires treatment not punishment;

6- We have already embarked in legal proceedings in the lawsuit in cooperation with NOAS Lawyers and that we are waiting for required permissions to meet the detainees to provide legal authorizations to direct the proceedings;

7- We demand all the Norwegian authorities which oversee or responsible for the continuation of these procedures to immediately stop any cooperation with a regime that its president is accused of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity;

8- We would also like to take this opportunity to note that if the Norwegian government is aware of the dire situation in Sudan, then it is fully responsible for whatever fate these detainees might face if they are deported to Sudan, including the possibility of torture to death. And, if they are not, we -by this- have explained the consequences of deporting asylum seekers to a country that lacks recognition of basic human rights.

Sudanese Human Rights Activists – Norway

Oslo 11 May 2015

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