UPR Press Statement On Eritrean Asylum Seekers

Joel Mogorosi controlling the ball against Eritrea defence. PIC: KEOAGILE BONANG
Joel Mogorosi controlling the ball against Eritrea defence. PIC: KEOAGILE BONANG

Universal Periodic Review (UPR) NGO Working Group Press Statement on the Request for Asylum by Ten (10) Members of Eritrean National Football Team. Ten (10) players from the Eritrean National Football team are seeking political asylum in Botswana, citing human rights violations in their country.

On Tuesday  October 13, 2015, the Eritrean national team played a World Cup qualifying match with the Botswana National Football Team. On Wednesday October 14, 2015, the players refused to board their plane home and were detained by police.

Eritrean football teams defected to Tanzania in 2009, Kenya in 2011, and Uganda in 2012, and were granted protection. Five Eritrean Olympic Players asked for asylum in the United Kingdom in 2012 and were granted protection.

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