Target: French Minister of the Interior, Bernard Cazeneuve
Goal: Halt planned deportation of Sudanese nationals to conflict zones.
Immigration authorities in France are planning to deport two Sudanese Nationals back to Khartoum, Sudan where they may suffer beatings at the hands of the authorities. The two men, known as B.A. and I.C., are from regions of Sudan that have been the site of long-running conflicts between the Sudanese government and rebel groups. After deportation back to Sudan, many migrants from these regions, Darfur and South Kordofan, have allegedly been detained and beaten by the Sudanese National Security Intelligence Services (NISS). Authorities in France have corresponded with the Sudanese embassy to verify their nationality, an act that could make the two men targets on their return.
Despite the fact that B.A. and I.C. come from conflict zones, French authorities have not individually assessed the risks that each of them faces on return. Both are being held in detention centers outside of Paris after they were arrested on charges of entering the country irregularly and not registering an asylum claim. Sign our petition and demand that French authorities halt these deportations.
Dear Minister Cazeneuve,
I was shocked to hear of plans to deport B.A. and I.C., both Sudanese nationals held in a detention center outside of Paris. Both men come from conflict zones in Sudan. Furthermore, multiple migrants from similar regions who have been deported to Khartoum have alleged that they have been detained and beaten by NISS, the Sudanese National Security Intelligence Services. To make matters worse, in the process of verifying their nationalities, immigration authorities shared B.A. and I.C.’s identities with the Sudanese Embassy, which may well have made them targets.
Despite the dangers faced by these two young men, no individual assessment of risks has been concluded on either. While I understand that neither claimed asylum in France, I must urge you to order individual assessments for both men before deporting them to a place where they may face gross human rights violations. Furthermore, I urge you to ensure immigration authorities provide individual assessments of risk to all individuals whether or not they have claimed protected status.
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