Israel illegally coerced nearly 7,000 Eritrean and Sudanese nationals into returning to their home countries, Human Rights Watch said in a published report.
‘Hope of Finding Protection’
The international watchdog organization has criticized Israel for its treatment of illegal immigrants, as some experienced torture and detention.
“Destroying people’s hope of finding protection by forcing them into a corner and then claiming they are voluntarily leaving Israel is transparently abusive,” said Gerry Simpson, a senior refugee researcher at Human Rights Watch and author of the report.
“Eritreans and Sudanese in Israel are left with the choice of living in fear of spending the rest of their days locked up in desert detention centers or of risking detention and abuse back home.”
Africans Left No Option
Israel has come under fire for its disturbing immigration policy, which forces migrants to go back home even though they were at risk of imprisonment or abuse.
HRW claims that local authorities have implemented several strict measures over the past eight years to urge migrants to leave.
The decision by refugees to leave Israel could not be considered voluntary, HRW argued, as the risks surrounding their departures.