About 800 Sudanese who made their way into Jordan to seek asylum and medical treatment with Jordan’s advanced medical technologies the government had returned to their respective countries on Wednesday.
Jordan Information Minister Mohammed Momani said many of them stowed to Jordan for medical treatment and not to seek asylum.
The Human Rights Watch said the deportation Jordan undertook was inhumane.
It “violates the customary international law principle of nonrefoulement, which forbids governments from returning people to places where they risk being persecuted, tortured, or exposed to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,” it explained.
Jordan has received more than 3,500 Sudanese asylum seekers in Jordan. Many of them came from the western region of Darfur. The war-torn region had seen ethnic conflicts persecute many Sudanese opposition.
Along with Sudanese migrants, Jordan is also hosting about 1.4 million Syrian refugees.
According to HRW Deputy Middle East Director Joe Stork:
“Jordan should not punish these Sudanese merely because they protested for better conditions and for resettlement consideration.”
Analysts believe that Jordan’s economic pressure from taking in refugees had played a role in decision making