Church wants government to rescind forceful refugee repatriation

Church wants government to rescind forceful refugee repatriation

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Displaced People At Dadaab Refugee Camp . PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: The Church on Wednesday called on  the government to rescind its decision of forceful repatriation of refugees and closing down Dadaab camp.

In a media briefing in Nairobi led by Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops Homa Bay branch chair  Philip Anyolo ,said that such a move  violates human rights ,the constitution and international conventions.

“We therefore urge the government to reconsider its decision and pursue opportunities for dialogue and work with relevant authorities to make sure the smooth and voluntary repatriation of refugees .” Rev  Anyolo said.

Rev Anyolo warned that the repatriation will pose danger to the refugees following the fact that the security status of some of our neighbouring countries is unstable.

“We reiterate that any form of involuntary repatriation may expose the returnees to danger of persecution. We are deeply concerned that forcible return of refugees will cause catarastrophic human consequences.” He insisted

The church urged the government to reactivate the department of refugees with immediate effect and enhance security within the refugee camps.

Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery  earlier this month announced  closure of refugee camps, particularly in the Dadaab complex, arguing that has  become hiding places for terrorists and their agents ,a scenario which is detrimental to Kenya’s security.