Human Rights Watch has today published a 83 page report on the treatment by Israel of the Sudanese and Eritrean asylum seekers within its border. The title of the report, “Make Their Lives Miserable”, and the subtitle “Israel’s coercion of Eritrean and Sudanese Asylum Seekers to Leave Israel”, leaves nothing to the imagination.
The report documents how Israel’s convoluted legal rules thwart Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers’ attempts to secure protection under Israeli and international law. Israeli authorities have labelled Eritreans and Sudanese a “threat”, branded them “infiltrators”, denied them access to fair and efficient asylum procedures, and used the resulting insecure legal status as a pretext to unlawfully detain or threaten to detain them indefinitely, coercing thousands into leaving. This obviously amounts to human rights violations and the violation of the non-refoulement principle.
The report can be found here.