A Letter to Israel About Its Plans to Forcibly Deport Africans

by Kevin Jon Heller

Opinio Juris readers might be interested in this letter from GLAN Legal — the Global Legal Action Network — to the Presidents and Attorneys General of Israel and Uganda. It was written by Itamar Mann, Yannis Kalpouzos, and Omer Shatz, with input from me. Here is the introduction:

The Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) is an organization of lawyers initiating transnational human rights litigation around the world. Our focus is on cases in which “developed” countries are responsible for violations occurring in “developing” countries. We write to respectfully warn both Israel and Uganda that the forcible deportation plan currently being discussed for Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers living in Israel may amount to a crime within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The letter then proceeds to lay out the basics of the argument — which seems pretty unimpeachable to me. Note the reliance on the OPT’s recent argument concerning deportation from Myanmar to Bangladesh!


5 Responses

  1. Israel is not a signatory to the ICC so how can it be bound by it…

  2. Because the ICC has jurisdiction over crimes committed by non-party states on the territory of a state party — here, Uganda.

  3. Congratulations on your achievement.

  4. Well, the whole thing seems a little contingent on the holding of jurisdiction regarding borders as it applies to the Rohingya matter, a case which is barely in the preliminary stages.

  5. Kevin.. a question.
    You refer to ‘assylum seekers’; if they could be defined as ‘economic migrants’, how does that alter the situation?
    This is a question regarding migrants to all countries, whether they be in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas

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