Press Statement

31/08/2012: Demonstration outside the Embassy of Israel in London against the violence and  mistreatment of Eritrean refugees in Israel

Several media reports have indicated that the Israeli government is building a massive detention centre where thousands of Eritrean and  other African asylum seekers would be detained while the authorities  finalise plans for their deportation. All this is done under the pretext that these are infiltrators or economic migrants and not genuine asylum seekers.
It is a well known fact that Eritreans, especially the young, are fleeing Eritrea in their thousands due to the prevailing conditions in Eritrea and because of the compulsory national service which during  the last ten years has become service for life.

To urge and call upon the Israeli authorities to  cease the threat of deportations and fulfil their obligations under the  1951 Geneva Convention and the 1967 Protocol to which Israel signatory  and to put in place an appropriate refugee status determination  procedure, members of the Eritrean community in the United Kingdom  gathered today August 31, 2012 in front of the Israeli Embassy in United Kingdom between 8:30 and 11:30 in a peaceful demonstration.

A petition letter together with over 2300 signatures of those who signed the petition was also delivered to His Excellency  Daniel Taub, Israel Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

This demonstration is jointly coordinated by:
Eritrean Youth Solidarity for Change –EYSC
Citizens for Democratic Rights in Eritrea –CDRiE
London 31 August 2012

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