On 7th November last, the then Minister of the Interior, now the Prime Minister, made the prefect of the Pas-de-Calais an officer of the Legion of Honour for her involvement in the destruction of the shantytown of Calais for the eviction of the seven thousand inhabitants who remained on the site. Her zeal to serve government policy had already earned her two Charter Awards in June 2016.
Always faithful to the government’s policies, after carrying out the expulsion of Baker towards Sudan last week and obtaining the imprisonment of one of his companions who refused to collaborate with his own deportation when allowing his identification by the Embassy of Sudan, she is preparing to deport to Eritrea three Eritrean exiles who were arrested in Calais and locked up at the Mesnil Amelot detention centre on the 26th November.
As in the case of the Sudanese exiles confined in the Vincennes detention center, the Prefecture gave an obligation to leave French territory without giving a country of destination in order not to raise the alarm and to deceive the judges, and then when the first legal remedies were passed Deportation to the country of origin.
Thank you for calling the Minister of the Interior and the Prefect of the Pas-de-Calais to ask them to quash the expulsion decision:
For the Minister of the Interior, responsible for a decision of such severity: you can write to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Prefect of Pas-de-Calais, the author of the decision and who can annul it:
By phone: 03.21.21.20.00
By fax: 03.21.55.30.30
On the form of the prefecture: http://www.pas-de-calais.gouv.fr/Contact us
Below is the press release published by the Cimade:
“Three people threatened with expulsion to Eritrea by the Calais prefecture
6 December 2016″
On 26 November 2016, three Eritrean nationals were placed at the Mesnil-Amelot detention center with a view to being deported from French territory. While the decision to leave France does not mention any country to which to send them, the administration has initiated all the necessary steps to expel these people … to Eritrea!
Many reports from supranational bodies and human rights associations have recently alerted the public to the human rights abuses committed in Eritrea. However, in spite of the grave and incessant violations of human rights in this country – we invite you to consult the reports mentioned below on this subject – the French administration does not hesitate to try to deport to Eritrea their Country of origin. This is particularly the case of three persons currently detained at the Mesnil-Amelot CRA by decision of the Pas-de-Calais prefecture.
Fleeing their country, Mr. E., Mr. P. and Mr. A. arrived in April 2016 in France, where they lived in the Calais jungle to try to reach the United Kingdom and to seek asylum there. Following their arrest by the Police at the end of November, they were given an obligation to leave French territory and a one-year ban . The Pas-de-Calais prefecture did not set a country of removal in the deportation decision it notified to them; However, it has already contacted their consulate with a view to implementing their deportation to Eritrea.
This sadly recalls the fate of the two Sudanese nationals detained at the Vincennes detention center last November. If one was released, the latter has been removed to his country of origin. On this subject, to go further:
Seized to examine the validity and the extension of the detention, the judges of freedoms and detention have validated the detention of the three Eritrean nationals. Mr. E. also had his request dismissed by the administrative judge – the only magistrate able to assess the risks in the event of his return to Eritrea – while his two compatriots were unable to exercise their right to appeal within the short period 48h which was allocated to them. They now find themselves at the mercy of the Pas-de-Calais prefecture, who sees no inconvenience in negotiating their return with the Eritrean consular authorities to a country where human rights violations are the daily lot of the citizens .
Bloody dictatorship, Eritrea sees 5,000 of its nationals fleeing every month to countries likely to receive them. Eritrea ranks fifth among the countries which produces the largest number of asylum seekers in the world, as reflected in the United Nations report on the human rights situation in Eritrea (http: // Www.ohchr.org/Documents/HRBodies/HRCouncil/CoIEritrea/A_HRC_29_CRP-1.pdf).
These people flee the poverty and constant human rights violations committed by the regime of Issayas Afeworki. The country is thus sadly known for being, for many years, the last in the Reporters Without Borders’ ranking on freedom of the press, whose version 2016 can be consulted online (https://rsf.org/en/classification). The repression of political opponents rages there and all Eritreans must submit to the “national service” which can sometimes last for decades, under conditions are akin to slavery.
Eritrean nationals are therefore numerous to leave their country to come to Europe looking to find living conditions more respectful of human rights. For its part, the European Union has been providing economic aid to the country for “poverty reduction and socio-economic development” for several years now. However, the thinly veiled target of the European Development Fund (EDF) payments is simply to limit the influx of Eritrean nationals into Europe in a logic of migratory control. Of course, this economic aid was committed following the promises of the Eritrean regime to move towards full respect for human rights and the establishment of a democratic regime. But these promises remain unanswered and it is impossible to know whether the funds paid have actually benefited the Eritrean population. For further :
The efficiency of this financial aid was also called into question by the European Parliament itself in its resolution 2016/258 in March 2016. Parliament thus notes that the aid policy “has produced no results, Given that no political prisoners have been released, not even Dawit Isaak, and no progress has been made on any other human rights issues. ” The resolution also underlines “the lack of reliability of this regime as a partner for development cooperation, pervasive corruption and the almost total lack of transparency in the management of public finances in the country, as well as the risk of the diversion of EDF funds for the management of migratory flows “. Finally, Parliament “deplores the efforts made by the Union to cooperate with Eritrea on migration”, given that “the Eritrean security forces are themselves involved in smuggling activities” and “the Eritrean army applies a “shoot to kill” policy at its borders against people who try to flee the country. “
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