Search

 

Cablegate: Unhcr Concerned About Revoked Asylum Status

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS DJIBOUTI 000959

SIPDIS

E.O.12958: N/A
TAGS: PREF PREL DJ ET ER SO
SUBJECT: UNHCR CONCERNED ABOUT REVOKED ASYLUM STATUS
FOR REFUGEES FROM ERITREA AND ETHIOPIA

1. (U) Summary. On September 20 UNHCR Country Representative met wi
Ambassador and ConOff to raise concerns about refugees in Djibouti.
September 14 refugees in the transit camp of Aour Aoussa were alleged
that they had 36 hours to leave. UNHCR was most concerned about Erit
Ethiopian refugees whose asylum status was suddenly being revoked and
support in opposing Djibouti's decision. End Summary.

2. (U) UNHCR Country Representative Collins Asare, accompanied by a
representative of the World Food Program, met with Ambassador and Con
ask for USG support in opposing the decision of the Government of Dji
(GoD) to revoke the asylum status for 74 Eritreans and 109 Ethiopians
Djibouti. Fifty-one Ethiopians who were given asylum status by UNHCR
allowed to stay. But those that had been granted status by the GoD i
the status revoked and were asked to leave.

3. (U) Asare conceded that 80% of the individuals in the camp, mostl
Somali origin, should be resettled. He said UNHCR believes that the
the self-proclaimed refugees are actually Djiboutians, or ethnic Soma
stable areas. UNHCR has been repatriating thousands of Somalis to no
Somalia over the past two years.

4. (U) Asare's concern focused on the GoD's revocation of the refuge
without warning and without consultation with UNHCR. According to As
U.N. ordinance number 77053/P.R/A.E. dictates that the GoD is obliged
consult UNHCR before taking such an action except in urgent cases of
security.

5. (U) Asare asked for U.S. support to oppose the action of the GoD.
that we pressure the government to allow the refugees to stay longer
situation in their countries stabilizes. Alternatively, he suggested
simply ask the GoD to include UNHCR in the decisions regarding refuge
indicated that he would also approach the French Embassy with the sam

6. (U) Ambassador listened but declined to commit to such action giv
interest in early repatriation of many of the Aour Aussa refugees who
established as economic migrants vice refugees from conflict. She as
however, if any specific action had been taken by the Government of D
enforce the directive that Aour Aoussa refugees depart. Asare respon
although the refugees were told they had 36 hours to leave, no action
taken yet to remove them. Also, no specifics were given about what m
happen if they did not leave. It is not clear if they will be allowe
one of the other refugee camps after Aour Aoussa closes, or allowed t
into Djibouti. Embassy will track developments on this issue and prov
reporting and commentary.
RAGSDALE

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Climate Change: Record Northern Heat, Fuels Concerns Over US Wildfire Destruction

More than 78,000 acres of forest in the Sierra mountains in California has been lost due to wildfires. Photo: San Francisco Fire Department The northern hemisphere experienced its warmest August ever, the World Meteorological Organization ( WMO ... More>>

UN: Guterres Condemns Killing Of Journalists, Following Beheading Of Mexican Crime Reporter

© UNESCO | International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. Following the gruesome death of a Mexican journalist specializing in crime reporting, who was found beheaded on Wednesday, UN chief António Guterres has issued a statement condemning ... More>>

UN: WHO Warns Against Potential Ebola Spread In DR Congo And Beyond

Ebola is spreading in a western province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), raising fears that the disease could reach neighbouring Republic of Congo and even the capital, Kinshasa, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. ... More>>

WWF: Living Planet Report Reveals Average Two-Thirds Decline In Wildlife Populations Since 1970

According to WWF’s Living Planet Report 2020 released today, global populations* of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish have suffered an average two-thirds decline in less than half a century. The decline is due in large part to the very ... More>>