Hundreds of Eritreans demonstrate for their rights in Bern

Hundreds of Eritreans demonstrate for their rights in Bern
Hundreds of Eritreans demonstrate for their rights in Bern

After the rally on the Federal Square, the demonstrators marched through the old town in the pouring rain. The police were present in the background. In recent months, several clashes between Eritrean supporters and opponents of the regime have taken place in Switzerland.

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One of the main demands of the demonstrators was the removal of the requirement to hold a passport. Eritreans with F status who apply for a B residence permit in Switzerland, who want to get married or who want family reunification, must present a valid Eritrean passport. However, the Eritrean embassy in Geneva imposes unacceptable and inadmissible conditions, denounced the demonstrators.

For example, people applying for a passport must sign a declaration of repentance. In this declaration, people must accuse themselves of having been unfaithful to the regime and accept possible sanctions in the event of return. This is contrary to the Federal Constitution.

Against expulsions

The demonstrators further demanded that Switzerland not authorize deportations, even to Rwanda or other countries. Parliament recently requested that Switzerland conclude a transit agreement with a third country to return rejected Eritrean asylum seekers there.

The demonstrators also denounced racism and hate speech in Swiss politics. Right-wing hatred was directed 50 years ago against Italians, then against Tamils, Kurds and Kosovars. Today, according to them, it targets Eritreans.

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