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Kenya is home to the world’s largest refugee camp, Dadaab, which provides shelter to 360,000 mostly Somali refugees. In May 2016, Kenya’s government disbanded its department responsible for refugees and announced plans to repatriate Somalis and close…
An aerial view shows makeshift shelters at the Dagahaley camp in Dadaab, near the Kenya-Somalia border in Garissa County, Kenya. Photo taken April 2011.
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Ensure Required Protections for Refugees

(Nairobi) – Kenya’s announcement on May 6, 2016 that it would no longer host refugees is contrary to principles it has pledged to respect. Dr. Eng Karanja Kibicho, interior ministry principal secretary, announced that the government would no longer…
Somali women and children fleeing their homes in Nairobi’s predominantly Somali suburb of Eastleigh on November 20, 2012, two days after an attack on a bus by unknown perpetrators caused Kenyan gangs to riot and attack Somali refugees and Somali Kenyans.
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Journalists in Somalia are increasingly coming under attack. For many years, the main threat to the media has come from Al-Shabaab, the Islamist armed group that controls large parts of the country. But, as a new report by Human Rights Watch has found,…
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Migrants Detail Horrors That Caused Them to Flee

(Brussels) – Human rights abuses in their home countries are the driving force behind the surge in boat migration in the Mediterranean to reach Europe, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. EU leaders should put human rights at the heart of…
Un buque de la Armada irlandesa Le Eithne, participa en una operación de rescate como parte del operativo Frontex Tritón, el 6 de junio de 2015
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359 Deported Without Access to Lawyers, Courts, UN Refugee Agency

The Kenyan authorities have deported 359 Somalis, including at least three registered refugees, since the start of their security crackdown in early April 2014, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities have not allowed any to challenge their removal…
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Thousands Arrested, Almost 100 Deported

Kenyan police and other security agencies should stop arbitrary arrests and detentions, extortion, and other abuses against Somalis during security operations,  Human Rights Watch said today. The government should also halt summary deportations and ensure…
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New Scheme Flouts Court Ruling

(Nairobi) – The Kenyan authorities should reconsider a new plan to forcibly move 50,000 registered refugees and asylum seekers from cities to overcrowded and underserviced refugee camps. Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku made the announcement on…
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Bars Moving 55,000 Urban Somalis, Others

Kenya’s High Court on July 26, 2013, quashed a government plan to move 55,000 mostly Somali refugees from the capital, Nairobi, and other cities to camps, Human Rights Watch said. The court said the relocation would violate refugees’ dignity and free…
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Torture, Rape, Extortion, and Arbitrary Detention Near the Heart of Kenya’s Capital

(Nairobi) Kenyan police in Nairobi tortured, raped, and otherwise abused and arbitrarily detained at least 1,000 refugees between mid-November 2012 and late January 2013, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Kenyan authorities should…
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Ruling is Serious Defeat for Media Freedom

Update: (New York, May 18, 2013) – On March 17 2013, the Supreme Court of Somalia overturned the conviction of journalist Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim and ordered his immediate release. Abdiaziz had been detained for 66 days prior to the Supreme Court…
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Returns to South-Central Somalia Would Contravene UN Refugee Guidelines

The Dutch government should not deport Somalis to any part of south-central Somalia, including Mogadishu, until security improves substantially, and the UN refugee agency has issued new guidelines. In mid-February 2013, Dutch authorities said they planned…
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Government Threatens Further Media Intimidation

(Nairobi) – Somali authorities should immediately charge or release Daud Abdi Daud, a journalist who has been in custody since February 5, 2013, Human Rights Watch said today. On February 11, he was transferred from police custody to Mogadishu Central…
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Quash the Conviction, Release Journalist

(Nairobi) – A Somali court’s conviction of a woman who alleged rape by security forces, and a journalist who interviewed her, is a serious setback for ending sexual violence and protecting press freedom, five human rights and media organizations said…
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Journalist Who Interviewed Her Also Faces Prison

(Nairobi) – Somali authorities should drop politically motivated charges against five people including a journalist and a woman who alleged she was raped by state security forces. The attorney general on January 29, 2013, brought charges of insulting a…
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Unlawful Transfer Plan to Begin January 21, Could Provoke Conflict

The Kenyan authorities should halt their plan to forcibly move 55,000 registered refugees and asylum seekers from cities to overcrowded and underserviced refugee camps, Human Rights Watch said today. Citing a number of grenade attacks in 2012, the…
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Four Somali Journalists Killed within 24 Hours; 13 in 2012

(Nairobi) – The new president of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, should promptly order an investigation into the killings of four journalists over a 24-hour period on September 20-21, 2012. The new government should adopt measures to provide better…
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Nearly Half a Million Somalis Need Immediate Help Inside Kenya

(Nairobi) – The Kenyan government should urgently provide land for new refugee camps in response to the humanitarian crisis in existing camps near its border with Somalia, Human Rights Watch said today. Kenya should also allow recently arrived Somalis…
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Government Closing Refugee Camps, Forcing People Back Into War-Zone

(Nairobi) - Kenya should immediately stop deporting back to Somalia civilians fleeing the conflict there, Human Rights Watch said today. Kenya should allow humanitarian agencies to assist Somalis displaced by fighting and should not close makeshift camps…
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Government Should Clarify Policy on Somalis Fleeing Violence and Persecution

(Nairobi) - The Kenyan government should immediately stop deporting Somali nationals to war-torn Somalia and make a public commitment to protect and help them, Human Rights Watch said today. The Kenyan authorities deported almost 300 Somalis to south-…
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Forced Return Contravenes UN Refugee Guidelines

(Amsterdam) - The Dutch government should immediately halt all plans to return Somalis to war-torn Somalia, Human Rights Watch said today. The Dutch authorities have announced their intention to deport, between now and October 2010, at least eight…