“Collective expulsions are prohibited under international law,” UN experts warned in a statement.
They emphasized that it is prohibited under international human rights law to deport migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers without conducting an individual and objective risk assessment of potential human rights violations that may occur. they will face in return.
Women and children were deported
Experts wrote to the Tunisian Government in March to express their concerns.
“We call on the authorities to immediately stop any further deportations and to continue and expand humanitarian access to a dangerous area on the Tunisian-Libyan border where many, including pregnant women and children, have been deported already,” the UN experts.
They emphasized that international human rights law supports the policy of non-refoulement, or not returning people to countries where they are likely to suffer torture or other harm, which applies to all types of deportation, regardless of nationality or immigration status.
Stop the hate speech
“We are also deeply concerned about reports of racist hate speech in the country, and reports of violence against migrants in Sfax, including by law enforcement officers,” the experts said.
“Racial hate speech that constitutes incitement to discrimination has real consequences, including violence,” they stressed.
Experts have called on the Tunisian Government to take immediate steps to end racist hate speech and protect sub-Saharan migrants from violence. They also urged the Government to investigate the reported acts of violence and ensure access to justice and remedies for the victims.
The experts who issued the statement were appointed by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
They are not UN staff and are unpaid for their work.