Hoogerechtshof Kenya prevents closure largest refugee camp in the world
The supreme court in Kenya has Thursday an attempt by the government to the largest refugee camp in the world, Dadaab, close blocked.
The Kenyan government last year ordered the camp to close and the approximately 260.000 Somali residents forced to return to their own country. That surgery had to take place in may of this year. According to the judges is the order equal to groepsvervolging, reports the BBC.
The ontruimingsbevel was challenged by the Kenyan National commission on human rights and the legal lobby group Kituo Cha Sheria. According to these organisations the order is discriminatory and violates the international laws.
The government has announced against the decision to appeal due to security reasons. The camp would by the Somali terrorist group al-Shabab to be used for attacks in Kenya to plan.
“The camp has its humanitarian nature lost and is a haven for terrorism and other criminal activities,” said government spokesman Eric Kiraithe. “The lives of Kenyans do to it. Our interest in this matter, and in the closure of the Dadaab refugee camp, continues protecting Kenyan lives.”
Dadaab was established in 1991 to families to catch those who fled the violence in neighboring Somalia. Some residents of the camp stay there for more than twenty years.
The situation in Somalia is still very unstable. The by the UN-backed Somali government’s best efforts, al-Shabab, push it back, assisted by a 22.000-strong standby force of the African Union. However, so far, only the large cities re-conquered my.
Kenya has started to build a corral on the border with Somalia, which extends about seven hundred miles. To date, there is four kilometres of fencing was completed.