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Belgian Court Bans Deportation of Sudanese Migrants And Here Is Why..

A Belgian court on Monday ordered a halt to the deportation of around two-dozen Sudanese migrants following uproar over Belgium’s invitation to officials from Khartoum to identify them, AFP reports.

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir waits to welcome Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni at Khartoum Airport September 15, 2015. REUTERS

The Belgian government has raised its concerns over the migrants’ risk of being mistreated back in Sudan and is set to challenge the ban issued by a court in Liege.

Sudanese officials visited Belgium last month to help identify the migrants, prompting the League of Human Rights (LDH) to accuse Brussels of collaborating with “one of the worst dictatorships” in the world, the report said.

The LDH said there were “serious grounds” to believe that the deportation of the migrants to Sudan would expose them to mistreatment by the government in Khartoum.

The Belgian government “is banned from repatriating” 26 Sudanese migrants “to Sudan or to any other EU member state,” statement from the court read.

The court said it would enforce the measure with a “fine of 20,000 euros.”

Belgian officials said one Sudanese was deported on Friday, while others refused to board the plane, a spokeswoman for the Belgian immigration office, Dominique Ernould, said.

“They are all terrorised by the idea of returning to Sudan,” the LDH said.

Hundreds of Sudanese were arrested in Belgium, but only a handful have been able to consult a lawyer, the LDH said. Up to 46 people could be deported.

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