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SA police condemned for ‘brutalizing’ refugees

South Africa police unit has been condemned by human rights group for using excessive force on refugees on Wednesday. Protesting refugees and other foreign nationals clashed with the police in the streets of Cape Town on Wednesday. The foreign nationals had been camping outside the UNHCR offices in Cape Town and Pretoria for weeks demanding for better protection. They claimed they did not feel safe in South Africa following the wave of xenophobic attacks on foreigners. The refugees come from Burundi, Congo, Malawi, Ethiopia and Somalia. They say since the…

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Refugees in South Africa agitate over xenophobic attacks

Some refugees residing in South Africa have staged a protest outside the United Nations High Commission for Refugees Regional Office for Southern Africa in Brooklyn, Pretoria. Other refugees also camped outside the UN refugee agency in Cape Town. They are protesting demanding protection from from xenophobic attacks as claim of fears of being attacked by locals. IOL reported that the refugees from Burundi, Congo, Malawi, Ethiopia and Somalia claimed since the attacks on foreign nationals many of them have been physically abused. Hundreds of people, originally from Rwanda, DR Congo,…

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590 Burundian refugees return home from Tanzania

Almost 600 refugees on Thursday left Tanzania to return to their home country of Burundi as part of a mass repatriation. In August this year Tanzania and Burundi announced that they have agreed for some 200,000 Burundian refugees to return home. Burundi and Tanzania agreed to this move of mass repatriation from October. The refugees settled in the Nyarugusu, Nduta and Mtendeli camps in Tanzania’s south-western province of Kigoma. The government of Tanzania insists Burundi “is peaceful” but there are fears over forced return of these refugees. In 2015 hundreds…

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Tanzania to send back 200,000 Burundian refugees

Tanzania will in October this year send back some 200,000 Burundian refugees. Burundi and Tanzania agreed to this move stating that the repatriation of these refugees would start on October 1. The refugees settled in the Nyarugusu, Nduta and Mtendeli camps in Tanzania’s south-western province of Kigoma. Interior Minister in Bujumbura, Pascal Barandagiye, told journalists that the agreement for the return of the refugees took place at the weekend. Tanzania’s Home Affairs Minister Kangi Lugola also said it is willing to assist for the safe return of “all Burundians”. The…

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“No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark”

Faustin Twagiramungu addresses President Paul Kagame on the topic of Refugees. Faustin Twagiramungu is a politician from Rwanda living in exile in Belgium. He was prime minister of Rwanda after the 1994 civil war until his resignation in 1995. He was the first head of government appointed after the Rwandese Patriotic Front captured Kigali. He continues to live in Belgium for safety purposes and so he can speak freely about the government of Rwanda.  He is the President of the RDI-Rwanda Rwiza Party based in Brussels.

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The duty of the protector, the chagrin of the perpetrator

By: Mutuyimana Manzi Rwanda pretends that it would like its refugees to return. But many of these citizens are scared of the Kigali regime, which is known to target refugees for assassination or abduction. Meanwhile, Rwanda continues to create new refugees as the tyrannical state cracks down on critics and Hutus back home Since 2009, Rwandan rulers have pressured for the ‘premature’ and ‘ungrounded’ application of the cessation clause on the refugee status of Rwandan refugees. The lack of justifiable grounds to invoke the cessation clause brought about a reduction…

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Uganda: Rwandan refugees in danger

     DECLARATION OF CLIIR March 25, 2014 UGANDA: Rwandan refugees in danger   In recent days, the Centre for the Fight against Impunity and Injustice in Rwanda (CLIIR) found an unusual increase in disappearances and political killings both inside and outside Rwanda. The most recent cases are those of Colonel Patrick Karegeya (a leader of the RNC, Rwandese National Congress) strangled to death in a hotel in South Africa, yet another failed assassination attempt against General Kayumba Nyamwasa (RNC).   Since 2010, the Kigali regime has regularly sent his death…

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CAR refugees in Chad: “What’s happening right now is unacceptable”

  “It is critical to recognise that the vast majority of these persons have fled violent situations in order to save their own lives” SARAH CHATEAUHEAD OF MISSION, CHAD 18.03.2014 Refugees fleeing the Central African Republic (CAR) have to endure a long and torturous journey to escape the violence in their home country. Unfortunately once they reach Chad, their struggles continue.  Bitoye Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has been in Bitoye for the past three weeks, setting up a primary health facility in the small town of 10,000 which has…

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Looting, killing of Christians, churches set on fire in CAR – UN

  People are pictured at a refugee camp set in the garden of Notre Dame de Fatima church, in Bangui, Central African Republic on December 16, 2013. Picture: FRED DUFOUR / AFP GENEVA  – Some 210,000 people have been uprooted from their homes by violence in the Central African Republic capital in the past two weeks alone, the United Nations said on Tuesday. “The situation is very serious and appears to be worsening,” UN refugee agency spokesman Adrian Edwards told AFP. About 210,000 people fled their homes in Bangui after…

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Exclusive: Congo’s army accused of abuse as rebels regroup in Rwanda: U.N. experts

(Reuters) – Recently defeated M23 rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo have continued to recruit fighters in neighboring Rwanda while the Congolese army has been involved in human rights abuses and corruption, according to a confidential U.N. report. “The Group has documented that M23 received continued support from Rwandan territory,” the U.N. Group of Experts said in its final report to the Security Council’s Congo sanctions committee, which was seen by Reuters on Monday. “The Group has received credible information that sanctioned M23 leaders are moving freely in Uganda and that M23…

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