Mass arrest of Sudanese, now threatened with deportation! Act now!

Put pressure on Prefect of Pas-de-Calais, Denis Robin, to release the Sudanese! :

Telephone: 03.21.21.20.00

Fax: 03.21.55.30.30

on the form of the Prefecture: http://www.pas-de-calais.gouv.fr/Contactez-nous

Thirteen Sudanese were arrested during the night of 28th November and in the following morning and transferred to the Mesnil Amelot detention center near Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle Airport and are being threatened with deportation to Sudan.

This comes a week after Sudanese in Calais held demonstrations in the centre of town to protest against the rape of two hundred women by soldiers of the Sudanese army in North Darfur.

Mass arrests and threats of deportation of Sudanese is a strategy that has been regularly used to send fear into the wider community, with people from Sudan making up a large population of people in Calais. In September there was a similar round up of Sudanese during a period of heavy evictions. And France successfully deported a Sudanese person to Sudan on September 17.

Sudan has seen decades of civil war, systematic persecutions of people, rape, aerial bombardments, destruction of means of living and mass killings at the hands of a brutal dictatorship and militias.

President, Omar al-Bashir, has several arrest warrants by the International Criminal Court out against him for war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity, yet states including France still continue to threaten and sometimes achieve forced returns of people despite well documented evidence of a real risk of immediate imprisonment, persecution, torture or death.

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