In a memorandum dated 10 September 2014, the Eritrean People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) paid gratitude to the Government of Norway for comprehensive response on the condition of Eritrean refugees and asylum seekers in Norway, and encouraged Norwegian authorities to take appropriate measures against those Eritrean refugees who violate asylum conditions by establishing relations with the regime in Asmara and by visiting Eritrea soon after obtaining the permission to stay in Norway.
Responding to EPDP’s memo of 26 June, the Norwegian Government informed the EPDP in a letter dated 2 September 2014 that a Norwegian delegation visited Asmara on 13-14 June for a dialogue on “reasons for migration from Eritrea”. The letter also stated that Norway is considering with “grave seriousness” the visit to Eritrea by Eritrean refugees soon after obtaining political asylum in Norway.
The EPDP memo stated that taking measures against everyone who travels to countries neighboring Eritrea “will require caution” because many Eritrean refugees travel to the Sudan to meet their family members in the Sudan for many of those families in Eritrea come to the Sudan for medical services which are not available in Eritrea.
The EPDP memo noted that Norway and other countries can ask Eritrean opposition organizations to find out if the concerned persons travelling to the Sudan are members or not of the Eritrean organizations opposed to the regime in Asmara. The EPDP memo further asserted that sympathizers of the regime do not deserve political asylum and legal protection, and reassured the Norwegian authorities “full support in taking the intended measures to reveal those who violate conditions for their protection and then work with the regime in Asmara or travel to Eritrea using different routes”.