Iraqis in Yemen should not be forced to return [Archives:2003/660/Local News]

August 18 2003

Sanaa, August 16 – The UNHCR office in Sanaa issued a recommendation that states, including Yemen, should not force the return of Iraqis to Iraq, including rejected asylum seekers. “We are arguing states to refrain from returning Iraqi asylum seekers to countries in the region that they might have transited or visited.” the statement said.
The advice follows similar recommendations on 7 and 20 March and 26 June, in which UNHCR recommended that temporary forms of protection be granted to Iraqis in Yemen and elsewhere, including to newly arrived asylum seekers.
Meanwhile, the UNHCR also committed itself to help Iraqis in Yemen and other countries who are keen to go back to Iraq, taking into consideration the position of the Coalition Authority that returns take place in a gradual and orderly manner.