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Government should apply law in repatriation process
Saturday, May 11, 2013

The law society of Kenya is urging the government to ensure that the refugee law is applied while repatriating Somali refugees and asylum seekers.

The society Chairman Eric Mutua says the government should also consider the stability of the country before carrying out the exercise.

The concerns are in the wake of the recent Somalia conference in London which resolved that Kenya and Somalia governments should work together to ensure Somali refugees returned home with a government in place after decade of war.

It is during the London Conference on Somalia that Somalia president and Igad urged the international community to support Somalia to rebuild their nation.

Towards these efforts Britain pledged 24.5 euro for the Somali government.

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Law Society of Kenya Chairman Eric Mutua says under the law on refugee the government should grant every refugee and asylum seeker in the country protection.

President Uhuru Kenyatta while at the Somalia conference called on the international community to develop modalities for safe and orderly return and resettlement of Somalia refugees and according to Noela Baraza an immigration advocate among the factors that are considered while repatriating refugees is the stability of the country.

The advocate is however quick to point out that the law criminalizes human trafficking.


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