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Kenya: Flagrant Violations of Human Rights against Asylum Seekers and Refugees

 HRLHA Urgent Action

April 14, 2014

For Immediate Release

The Kenyan police and security agents have arbitrary arrested and detained around 6000 refugees who are originally from neighboring Horn of African countries; and have continued hunting for more, reported HRLHA reporter in Nairobi, Kenya on April 13, 2014.

This indiscriminate action against all immigrants who have been in the country began  on  Friday  April  2,  2014;  and   has mainly targeted the immigrants living in Eastleigh  District  of  Nairobi,  a neighbourhood largely dominated by Somalis and Oromo immigrants and is often referred to as district of immigrants.  More than 400

Oromos   and   other   Ethiopian   immigrants have been arrested in these crackdowns. The crackdowns against immigrants by Kenyan Police and security began is said to been in response to the three bomb blasts in Eastleigh/ Nairobi and Mombasa in late March 2014, which killed about  12  people  and  injured  8  others.  According  to  HRLHA’s  informant,  more  than  two thousand asylum seekers and refugees have been detained in the Kasarani Football Stadium in the Capital, a location described as a temporary police station, while some are being held at the Pangani police station.

Among hundredths of Ethiopian Oromos arrested in Nairobi, HRLHA has managed to obtain the following names:

No Name   No Name Status
1 Abdi Mohammed

 

Ahamed

  26 Arif  Amin Abdallaa Asylum Seeker
2 Suleyman Nuure   27 Ismail Iliyas Kamaal Asylum Seeker
  Mohammed        
3 Ibsaa Safuan

 

Mohammed Najash

  28 Arif Abdulwad Abdalle Asylum Seekrd
4 Rudwan Abubakar Ali   29 Ibsaa Jemal Mohammed Asylum Seeker
5 Iliyas Kamal Usma’il   30 Fariya Mohammed Asylum Seeker
6 Abdisaa Mohammed

 

Kalif

  31 Mommed Nasir Yusuf Asylum Seeker
7 Jemaal Sani

 

Mohammed

  32 Mommed Nasir Yusuf Asylum Seeker
8 Anwar Muktar Ahamed   33 Ilillii  Abrahim Asylum Seeker
9 Nabil Abdulaxif   34 Sa’ada Aqil Asylum Seeker
10 Tumsaa Robaa

 

Qaxxisoo

UN.mndt file

 

NETH033036/1

35 Abdoo Nahawi Asylum Seeker
11 Imane Ahamed Yusuf UN file

 

#NETH038280

36 Rihanaa Mohammed

 

Mussaa

Asylum Seeker
12 Jbny Najib Abubakar   37 Mistar Jamaal Asylum Seeker
13 Roba Yusuf Abdalle   38 Guuled Sheka Asylum Seeker
14 Adam Roba   39 Ifa Abdulahi Hassan file

 

No.NETH035846/1

15 Mohammed Osman

 

Roba

  40 Mahadi Idiris Asylum Seeker
16 Fuad Aliyi Mumme   41 Azizaa Asylum Seeker
17 Nasri Ibrahim Jibro   42 Yusuf Yahya

 

Ahamed/Somli

Asylum Seeker
18 Faami Sharif Ali   43 Abdi Abduraman Kabir Asylum Seeker
19 Jemal Abdo Osman   44 Zakariya Mohammed

 

Oumer

Asylum Seeker
20 Gatiso Phetroos Eroke   45 Yassin Ahamed/Oromo Asylum Seeker
21 Sani  Ahamed Yusuf   46 Haaji Shariif Ali Asylum Seeker
22 Xeha  Mohammed   47 Abdusamad Ame With Family
23 Ashrafuu Ali Mussaa   48 Mubina Abdusamad With Family
24 Mohammed Osman

 

Mussaa

  49 Caaltuu Abdusamad With Family
25 Zanabe Hobe Negiso        

 

HRLHA is a non-political organization (with the UN Economic and Social Council – (ECOSOC) Consultative Status) which attempts to challenge abuses of human rights of the people of various nations and nationalities in the Horn of Africa.

The HRLHA has also learnt that the Kenyan police and security forces are extorting valuable materials and also committing physical and mental abuses during the arrests. Besides, the Kenyan authorities have disclosed to  different  media agents  that  they are intending to deport all UNHCR unregistered asylum seekers; and have already deported 82 Somali refugees based on a pretext that they entered into Kenya without legal document.

The HRLHA would like to reiterate that deportations of refugees to their countries of origin  against  their  wills  are  in  breach  of  Kenyan  and  international  laws.    In  case  those Ethiopian-Oromo and other refugees have been deported, the Ethiopian Government has a well-documented record of gross and flagrant violations of human rights, including the torturing of its own citizens who were involuntarily returned to the country. The government of Ethiopia routinely imprisons such persons and sentences them to up to life in prison, and often impose death penalty. There have been credible reports of physical and psychological abuses committed against individuals in Ethiopian official prisons and other unofficial or secret detention centers. Under Article 33 (1) of the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (189 U.N.T.S. 150), to which Kenya is a party, “[n]o contracting state shall expel or forcibly return a refugee in any manner whatsoever to the frontiers of territories where his life or freedom would be threatened on account of his . . . political opinion.” This obligation, which is also a principle of customary international law, applies to both asylum seekers and refugees, as affirmed by UNHCR’s Executive Committee and the United Nations General Assembly. By deporting the four refugees and  others,  the  Kenyan  Government  will  be  breaching  its  obligations  under  international treaties as well as customary law.

1.              Under  the  Convention  against  Torture  and  Other  Cruel,  Inhuman  or  Degrading

 

Treatment or Punishment (1465 U.N.T.S. 185) to which Kenya acceded in 1997, Kenya has an obligation not to return a person to a place where they face torture or ill-treatment. Article 3 of the Convention against Torture provides: No state party shall expel, return (“refouler”) or extradite a person to another state where there are substantial grounds to believe that they would be in danger of being subjected to torture.

2.            For  the  purpose  of  determining  whether  there  are  such  grounds,  the  competent authorities shall take into account all relevant considerations including, where applicable, the existence in the state concerned of a consistent pattern of gross, flagrant or mass violations of human rights. We strongly urge the government of Kenya to respect the international treaties and obligations it has signed.

The Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA) is highly concerned about the safety and security of  all  asylum Seekers and refugees detained in all Kenyan Police stations and other detention centers including  the above listed  asylum seekers and refugees and for those who are still living in Kenya. It urges the government of Kenya to respect the international treaties and obligations, and unconditionally release the arrested asylum seekers and refugees, and refrain from handing  over  to  the  governments  of their  countries  where  they  would  definitely  face torture and maximum punishments. It also urges all human rights agencies (local, regional and international) to join the HRLHA and condemn these illegal and inhuman acts of the Kenyan Government against defenseless refugees. HRLHA requests the governments of the Western countries as well as international organizations to continue interfering in this matter so that the safety and security of the arrested asylum Seekers and refugees and those refugees currently staying in Kenya could be ensured.

 

RECOMMENDED ACTION:

Please send appeals to the President and Deputy President of the republic Kenya and its concerned officials as swiftly as possible, in English, or your own language expressing:

Ø   Your concern at the apprehension and fear of deportation of the refugees who are being held in  detention since they were arrested, and calling for their immediate and unconditional release;

To:

Ø  Urging the authorities of Kenya to ensure that these detainees are treated in accordance with regional and international standards on the treatment of prisoners.

His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya

P o. Box 74434-00200 Nairobi, Kenya , Tel: 254 203 247000

 

  •  His Excellency William Ruto , Deputy president of the Republic of Kenya

Email: The Deputy president@ODP-Kenya OR dp@deputypresident.go.ke

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