Daadab Refugee camp to remain open

Daadab refugee camp the high court has ordered the camp which hosts over 600,000 refugees mainly from war tone Somalia to remain open/FILE PHOTO

BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAROBI, 9TH FEB 2017– The High Court  has declared the move by the Government of Kenya to close the Dadaab camp illegal.

Judge John Mativo on Thursday  gave several reasons for reaching that conclusion but chief among them was that it violated the principle of non-refoulement.

 Non-refoulement is the practice of not forcing refugees or asylum seekers to return to a country in which they are liable to be subjected to persecution.

The only legitimate exceptions, he said, being in the case of a threat to national security or individual conviction of a refugee and only then of a crime of grave nature.“Not a single case of arrest or conviction was presented before me.”In both instances however, he said, it could not be applied generally as the Government of Kenya was trying to do. An act he described as, “persecution.gave several reasons for reaching that conclusion but chief among them was that it violated the principle of non-refoulement.

 Non-refoulement is the practice of not forcing refugees or asylum seekers to return to a country in which they are liable to be subjected to persecution.

The only legitimate exceptions, he said, being in the case of a threat to national security or individual conviction of a refugee and only then of a crime of grave nature.

“Not a single case of arrest or conviction was presented before me.”

 

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