Swaziland: Swazi Govt Snubs ‘Starved Refugees’

Swazi Media Commentary

The Swazi Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Chief Mgwagwa Gamedze has said Somali asylum seekers living in the kingdom who complained that they were being starved and forced to work in fields without pay were lucky they had not been deported.

The Somalis were also reported to be eating grass and tree leaves as they said they were not given anything to eat at the Malindza Refugee Camp.

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UNHCR and the Kenya Human Rights Commission: Kenya Dialogue on Gender Equality, Nationality and Statelessness

Discrimination against women in nationality laws is a major cause of statelessness. Fortunately, it is also a problem that is in decline around the world. Kenya is one of 12 countries that have reformed their laws since 2003 to allow women to confer nationality to their children on the same basis as men.

On 2 December 2014, UNCHR and the Kenya Human Rights Commission held a dialogue with Kenyan women and their families. The purpose of this discussion was to understand how and to what extent Kenyan women are benefitting from provisions in the 2010 Kenyan Constitution and the 2011 Kenyan Citizenship and Immigration Act, which provide for gender equality in the ability of women and men to confer their nationality to their children and spouses.

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Nigeria National Commission for Refugees Act (29 December 1989)

CRAI has recently added to its database Nigeria National Commission for Refugees Act. The Act adopts the definition of a refugee from the 1951 Refugee Convention and the OAU Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee, and upholds the principle of non-refoulement. It holds that every person who has been granted refugee status and members of his family shall be issued with identity cards and residence permits.

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Zambia: Refugee (Control) Act, 1970

CRAI has recently added to its database Zambia: Refugee (Control) Act. The holds that every refugee shall, within such period as may be prescribed, present himself for registration, upon which he shall be issued with an identity card, which he shall keep in his possession at all times while in Zambia. In addition, in order to remain in Zambia, every refugee must, within seven days of his entering the country, be issued with a permit to remain by an authorised officer. Otherwise, his or her presence in Zambia “shall be unlawful.”

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Namibia: KK Fumes Over Proposed Bill ‘Ovaherero Will Be Stateless’

The Namibian

CONTROVESRIAL Swapo backbencher Kazenambo Kazenambo has torn up the Namibian Citizenship Special Conferment Bill in front of awe-struck fellow parliamentarians for the second time within a week.

Kazenambo accused the government of trying to pass a bill that would make a section of the Ovaherero, Ovambanderu and Nama people stateless.

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