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UN refugee agency calls on Saudi Arabia to stop deporting Somalis

Publisher UN News Service
Publication Date 30 July 2010
Cite as UN News Service, UN refugee agency calls on Saudi Arabia to stop deporting Somalis, 30 July 2010, available at: [accessed 29 May 2016]
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The United Nations refugee agency today called on Saudi Arabia to halt deportations of Somali refugees and asylum-seekers to the conflict-stricken capital, Mogadishu, where dozens of civilians were killed in escalating clashes this week.

In June alone, more than 1,000 Somalis were reported from Saudi Arabia, according to local reports from Mogadishu, said Melissa Fleming, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UHNCR).

So far this month, nearly 1,000 more Somalis are already estimated to have been forcibly returned.

Monitoring reports indicatUNCHR consider such deportations to be incompatible with UNHCR's guidelines on international protection needs of Somali refugees and asylum-seekers

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