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UNHCR calls for urgent access to asylum seekers detained in Tanzania

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UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, is deeply concerned over a series of distress messages it has received from a group of 10 asylum seekers currently in a detention center in Mutukula, in the north. -western Tanzania. Asylum seekers have expressed fears for their safety after being deported from Tanzania.

UNHCR consistently advocates that refugees and asylum seekers, including those claiming to be in need of international protection, cannot be returned to their countries of origin until their claims have been properly assessed by the competent authorities, in accordance with the principle of non-refoulement. Non-refoulement is an international principle that prevents states from expelling or returning people to a territory where their life or freedom would be threatened.

UNHCR appeals to the Government of Tanzania for immediate access to detained asylum seekers to help it assess their individual claims. UNHCR hopes that the responsible authorities in Tanzania will work with us to resolve this situation in accordance with their obligations under international law.

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