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Eritrea: Children

Home Office written question – answered on 27th February 2017.

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Photo of Patrick Grady Patrick Grady Shadow SNP Spokesperson (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government has taken to (a) ensure that Eritrean minors who are returned from the Shagarab Camp in Sudan to Eritrea, as part of the Khartoum Process, are not subjected to imprisonment and abuse by the Eritrean authorities and (b) put in place work to monitor those minors returned.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill The Minister for Immigration

We note reports of actions by the Sudanese Government to return migrants to Eritrea. These are not actions under the Khartoum Process.

We have made clear that we continue to work for improved human rights in Eritrea as a priority. We continue to press the government of Eritrea, including at ministerial level, to take concrete steps to improve its respect for human rights.

We are using our increased engagement to make clear the tangible improvements in Eritrea’s human rights record we want to see, including: amending its national service system; fully implementing its own constitution; and cooperating with international human rights bodies. Eritrea is listed as a Human Rights Priority Country in the FCO Annual Human Rights Report 2015.

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