Jordan: Deporting Sudanese Asylum Seekers

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(Amman) – Jordanian authorities on December 16, 2015, detained and said they will deport about 800 Sudanese asylum seekers back to Sudan. The vast majority of Sudanese in Jordan come from the Darfur region and fled to Jordan to escape ongoing conflict there.

Deporting refugees violates the customary international law principle of nonrefoulement, which forbids governments from returning people to places where they risk being persecuted, tortured, or exposed to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Jordan’s government spokesperson told the Associated Press that the group numbered 800, and that “asylum conditions don’t apply to [Sudanese]” because they entered Jordan under the pretext of seeking medical treatment.

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