Stop the Jordanian government from deporting hundreds of Darfuri refugees in Jordan to Sudan.
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On December 16, we learned that hundreds of Sudanese refugees participated in a sit-in in front of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees office in Jordan to demand protection. Unfortunately, they were met with a crackdown by the Jordanian police. They were severely beaten, arrested, forced into huge buses and taken to the airport to be deported today to Sudan. Witnesses have reported that a woman suffered a miscarriage and some young men’s legs and hands were broken as a result of the beatings. Witnesses noted that a majority of these refugees are female-headed homes along with their children and young people who have been targeted by the government of Sudan. Please sign my petition to urge the Jordanian government to take action and stop the deportation of the Darfuri refugees!
The Jordanian government and UNHCR in Jordan must respect international laws and protect the genocide affected Sudanese refugees. Refugees are people just like you and me, and Darfuri and Sudanese refugees in Amman, Jordan deserve protection and dignified treatment.
Ever since the Darfur genocide began twelve years ago, the Sudanese government has been successful in isolating Darfur from the outside world and has blocked aid assistance for both Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile states. Since they are not in the news, the world may think the crisis has been resolved while, in fact Darfur refugees have been treated with less urgency and their rights have been constantly violated. Darfur and Sudanese refugees from Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile and many others who have been threatened with killing and persecution, are facing the same persecution that they have fled in the first place. We are gravely concerned about the safety of hundreds of these refugees in Jordan today. If they are deported back to Sudan, they most likely will be killed, imprisoned and/or subjected to torture.
Accordingly, we call on the Jordanian government to immediately stop the deportation of the refugees from Sudan, grant all refugees equal protection and dignified treatment, support UNHCR to expedite the process of relocation of recognized refugees, and stop the police’s degrading treatment and torture of detainees.
Niemat Ahmadi, President of Darfur Women Action Group
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