HIAS Advocates for Refugees in Kenya

Posted on Thu, Feb 07, 2013 at 10:17 am

In December 2012, citing security threats, the government of Kenya announced a plan to transfer some 100,000 urban refugees in Nairobi into refugee camps outside of the city. This would have a devastating impact on refugees in both urban and camp settings. A Kenyan human rights NGO, with support from the HIAS Refugee Trust of Kenya (HRTK), successfully petitioned the High Court to put a hold on the transfer of refugees until at least mid-February. In the meantime, HRTK is helping refugees who have been subject to extortion by police and providing refugees with basic services. In Washington, HIAS is lobbying the U.S. Department of State, UNHCR, and lawmakers to pressure Kenya not to go through with the planned transfer of refugees. Learn more about HIAS' work in Kenya.

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