UNHCR urges Kenya to continue upholding refugee rights, cautions against stigmatizing refugees

Faarax December 20, 2012 0
UNHCR urges Kenya to continue upholding refugee rights, cautions against stigmatizing refugees


 


Geneva, 20.12.2012 UNHCR is concerned by the recent security incidents in Kenya which have
killed scores of Kenyans as well as refugees. The UN refugee agency
condemns these attacks and extends its sympathy and solidarity to all
victims, the Kenyan people and their government.

UNHCR has noted recent public statements linking the presence of
refugees to these security incidents. We caution against stigmatization
of refugees and asylum-seekers.

The UN refugee agency also takes note of the Government's recent
decision to discontinue the reception and registration of asylum-seekers
in Nairobi and other cities and move these activities to the refugee
camps in Dadaab and Kakuma. UNHCR understands that registered refugees
will be allowed to remain in the places where they have established
themselves.

Recognizing Kenya’s long-held commitment to refugee protection, UNHCR
urges the Government of Kenya to continue to uphold the rights of
refugees and asylum seekers, who have fled to Kenya in search of
protection.

UNHCR will continue to support the Government of Kenya in ensuring that
asylum-seekers have access to reception and registration procedures, as
well as other services to meet their protection and assistance needs. 
UNHCR counts on the authorities to ensure that adequate land and
facilities are made available so that the provision of asylum in Kenya
remains in line with international standards.

Kenya, a signatory of the 1951 UN Refugee Convention and the 1969 OAU
Refugee Convention, has generously been providing a safe haven for
refugees for decades. Currently the country hosts some 630,000 refugees,
of whom more than half a million are from neighbouring Somalia.

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