Eritrean news: Eritrean migrant agreed to be deported from Israel to Uganda awaits deportation to Asmara after detained for not holding proper visa.
An Eritrean man who agreed to be deported from Israel to Uganda was deported for a short time to Egypt shortly after arriving in the central African country, and now faces deportation to Eritrea, an activist in touch with the man told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.
The migrant, reportedly named Zeru Tesfamariam, is currently in the Cairo airport awaiting deportation to Asmara, according to Eritrean-Swedish activist for Human-Trafficking victims Meron Estefanos, who contacted the Post on Tuesday.
According to Estefanos, the man, Zeru Tesfamariam, was deported from Israel late Sunday night, arriving in Uganda at 3am on Monday. He was deported the next morning, arriving in Cairo at 9am. He is reportedly still waiting at the Cairo airport, from where he reportedly faces deportation to Eritrea. Tesfamariam did not answer a phone placed to his mobile number on Tuesday morning.
Estefanos said the Ugandan authorities detained him because he did not have an exit visa from Israel, only a transit visa from Egypt.
In March, Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein announced that he had ordered a stop to all transfers of Eritreans out of Israel from the country’s detention facilities until further notice. The decision was given in response to a report that an Eritrean citizen was taken from a detention center in the south of Israel and flown to Uganda with a stop-over in Egypt, and was returned to Cairo from where he was deported to Eritrea.
At the time, an attorney representing the man said that the Ugandan authorities had not agreed to accept the man at the time he was deported. The asylum seeker, Tesfamihret Habtemariam, had been arrested several months earlier under the amendment to the “Infiltrators Law,” and was being held in a detention facility at the time of his arrest.
Earlier in June, a state representative told the high court that Israel had reached an agreement with a third country to absorb Eritrean migrants deported from Israel. The representative did not give details on which country Israel reached the agreement with.
The Population, Immigration, and Borders Authority (PIBA) could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.