Egypt releases five Eritrean refugees detained on bail

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Five Eritrean refugees held by the Egyptian authorities have been released on bail by a court in the capital, Cairo, after being held in detention for three months.

The refugees were arrested in Cairo outside the UNHCR office in July while protesting against delays in processing registrations of newly-arrived asylum seekers.

During the protest the Egyptian police arrested more than 40 Eritrean refugees, but most were released on the same day except the five who were kept in different holding cells, report says.

The London-based rights group the Eritrean Movement for Democracy and Human Rights, in a statement, said bail was set at $950 (£739) for each refugee.

The group called on the UNHCR to look into the needs of Eritrean refugees, including food, shelter and security from trafficking.

 

Dominica Nwabufo