On Thursday, 9th February, 2017 Kituo cha Sheria received a positive judgment on a petition it had filed against the Kenyan government’s directive to close the Dadaab refugee camp and disband the Department of Refugee Affairs (DRA) issued on 6th and 11th May 2016.
In the ruling of Petition 227/2016 – Kenya National Human Rights Commission and Kituo Cha Sheria vs AG & 3 Others; The Constitutional and Human Right Division of the High Court in Milimani, Nairobi this morning ruled that the Kenyan government must not close the Daadab refugee Camp.
Justice John M. Mativo declared the repatriation of the refugees a violation of articles 2(5) and 2(6) of the Constitution of Kenya and Kenya’s international obligations.
The judge also declared the resolution to disband the Department of Refugee Affairs ultra vires.
This is a landmark victory for refugee rights and the vulnerable people in society and stopping the imminent closure of the refugee camp is an essential first step in respecting and protecting refugee rights in Kenya.
You can read the Judgement HERE>>> http://kituochasheria.or.ke/media/publications-downloads/landmark-judgements/