Switzerland- Rights groups are calling for a halt to Ethiopian repatriation flights | Instant News


(MENAFN – Swissinfo) Amnesty International has urged the Swiss government to reconsider the possibility of repatriation flights of Ethiopian asylum seekers.

This content is published January 25, 2021 – 18:57 January 25, 2021 – 18:57 swissinfo.ch/ug

Rights groups say they are concerned about reports of a planned deportation operation next Wednesday from some Ethiopians whose asylum requests were rejected by Switzerland.

Amnesty said the east African country was unsafe because of ongoing political tensions, including serious human rights violations in the northern region of Tigray ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled for June.

The Swiss Ministry of Justice’s State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) did not comment on the report by the Migrant Solidarity Network group.

SEM said last week that repatriation flights to Ethiopia were possible despite the coronavirus pandemic.

But such operations into conflict areas were not included, a spokesman told Swiss news agency Keystone-SDA.

In November, The Swiss government pledged CHF2 million ($ 2.3 million) for humanitarian assistance in the violence-stricken Tigray region. It has called on all parties to respect international humanitarian law.

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