Repatriation of Sub-Saharan migrants in strict compliance with humanitarian law


Head of the Algerian Red Crescent (CRA) Saïda Benhabilés said Monday in Algiers that the repatriation of the African illegal migrants, at the request of their governments, has always been conducted in the strict compliance with humanitarian law, in contrary to the recent reports by international NGOs and organizations.


Speaking at the forum of the national daily El-Mujahid, Ms. Benhabilés said that “the repatriation operations of irregular African migrants are done in strict compliance with humanitarian law,” adding that these people “return home with humanitarian donations, contrary to what some NGOs and international organizations say, “referring, inter alia, to the remarks made by the Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council on the rights of migrants.

She said that these organizations, must “instead of criticizing Algeria and accusing it of unfounded accusations,  conduct deep analyzes, to find the real reasons for the dramatic situation in which these people are living,” recalling that ” Algeria has nothing to do with it “.

According to Ms. Benhabilès, “some 78,000 irregular African migrants have been repatriated since she has been head of the CRA, and the state has paid 20 million euros for repatriation operations alone, without counting other aid (food, clothes, care …) “.

Invited to the forum, the president of the Sahrawi Red Crescent (CRS), Yahia Bouhabini, paid tribute to Algeria which “has never skimped on the means to bring help to the Saharawi people,” pointing out that “the volume of the aid of the international community to the Saharawi refugees does not exceed half of that granted  by Algeria to these populations “.






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