CGRS carrying out an enquiry on the fate of the Sudanese nationals returned to their country of origin
In December of this year, the Office of the Commissioner General for Refugees and Stateless Persons was asked by the Belgian government to carry out an independent enquiry on the fate of the Sudanese nationals who recently returned to their country of origin.
At the end of 2017, following an identification mission by a Sudanese delegation in Belgium, several Sudanese nationals who were irregularly staying in Belgium were returned to their country of origin. This led to criticism from certain politicians and NGOs, who stressed that the Sudanese president has been accused of crimes against humanity, and that the regime faces widespread accusations of human rights abuses (see article here).
In December 2017, claims were made that several returnees allegedly suffered maltreatment upon their return to Sudan. These reports led to heavy criticism from certain politicians and NGOs. The situation was extensively discussed and debated at the political level (e.g. Parliament) and in the media.
In this framework, the Belgian government asked the Office of the Commissioner General for Refugees and Stateless Persons (CGRS) to carry out an independent enquiry regarding the fate of the Sudanese returnees (see press release following the Council of Ministers of 22 December 2017).