Relocate Eritrean Refugees Now from Tigray Region of Ethiopia
Updated: Jul 20
Call for a Coalition of Willing African Countries, EU Countries, the UK, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to Relocate Eritrean Refugees Now from Tigray Region of Ethiopia
The undersigned organizations respectfully call upon your government to kindly offer relocation opportunities to the desperate Eritrean refugees from the active war zone of Tigray, Ethiopia. Eritrean refugees fleeing persecution and severe human rights violations in their home country, who are now caught in a life-threatening situation between crossfire and random attacks by armed forces, need your urgent attention. We are writing in response to the UNHCR statement issued on July 13, 2021, in which Mr. Filippo Grandi expressed grave concern about the dire situation of Eritrean refugees in Tigray. In his statement, he emphasized the critical need to provide safety and protection to these refugees who have been re-victimized as a result of the war in Tigray. Mr. Grandi, added throughout this bloody conflict, “we have received credible and corroborated reports of reprisal attacks, abductions, arrests, and violence meted out against Eritrean refugees for their perceived affiliation with one side or the other".
What we are requesting is that Eritrean refugees in the Mai Aini and Adi Harush camps be evacuated and relocated to a third country outside of Ethiopia. We have direct contacts with some of these refugees and we can provide the necessary information to facilitate any initiatives from your government to ensure the safe evacuation of these refugees from the war zone to safety. We kindly request the following in expeditious manner:
We ask that your government increase the number of Eritrean refugees’ intake from the existing quota and if there was none previously, consider doing so now.
We request that you use your diplomatic leverages on the Ethiopian government and/or the Tigray Regional Government to guarantee the safe evacuation of Eritrean refugees’.
As Eritrean civil society organizations that work with Eritrean communities in the countries where we live, we can serve as a resource pool to identify resources among our communities and collaborate in coordination.
We hope that you will consider this matter, at a time of great urgency and need for these refugees.
Eritrean Diaspora in East Africa (EDEA)
Eritrean Movement for Democracy and Human Rights (EMDHR)
Bay Area Eritreans for Democratic Change
Foundation Human Rights for Eritreans
Surbana Vision Media and Community Services USA
Dankalia Media TV
Red Sea Afar Human Rights Organisation
Eritrean Research Institute for Policy & Strategy (ERIPS)
Statement by UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi on the situation of Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region https://www.unhcr.org/en-us/news/press/2021/7/60ed3d3a4/statement-un-high-commissioner-refugees-filippo-grandi-situation-eritrean.html
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