Thursday, 15 September 2016

Dadaab camp closure: Repatriation of Somali refugees 'fails to meet international standards'


 aerial photo of the sprawling Dadaab camp
The repatriation of Somali refugees from the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya fails to meet international standards for voluntary return, a Human Rights Watch report has found.
The organisation says many of those returning to Somalia are motivated by fear of being forced out.
Tens of thousands of refugees have been making the journey back home after years in the camp.
Both Kenya and Somalia say it is time Dadaab was shut down.
But HRW says Kenya is not giving the refugees a real choice between being repatriated or staying.
It also says the UN's refugee arm, the UNHCR, is not giving the refugees accurate information about security conditions in Somalia and they face serious risk of persecution or threats to their lives if they return.
Pressuring refugees to return to a place where their lives or freedom could be under threat is a breach of the 1951 Refugee Convention, the organisation says.