"Nearly two decades of Kenyan hospitality towards Somali refugees and asylum seekers is turning sour. Near Kenya's officially closed border with Somalia, abusive police intercept thousands of mostly women and children asylum seekers fleeing war-torn Somalia every month. Using the clandestine nature of their journey as an excuse to extort and abuse them, police beat and, in some cases, rape them, and deport or detain those who don't pay on false charges of unlawful presence in Kenya. In early 2010, hundreds, if not thousands, of Somalis unable to pay were unlawfully sent back to Somalia. Once in the camps, which only 3 percent of refugees were allowed to leave in 2009, they face further police violence. Police also fail to investigate sexual violence against refugees by other refugees and Kenyan nationals in the camps, leading to a climate of impunity for those responsible. The abuses are the direct result of the country's border closure and the related closure of a refugee transit center near the border which used to provide a safe place where most Somalis first sought refuge in Kenya and from where the UN previously transported them to the camps. Without this transit center, Somalis have become fair game for corrupt police. This report outlines concrete steps Kenya should take to end the abuses and to proactively prevent and respond to sexual violence in the camps. It also calls on the UN refugee agency to improve its monitoring of abuses and to increase its advocacy with the authorities to end them."--P.  of cover.
This report was researched and written by Gerry Simpson, Meghan Rhoad and Agnes Odhiambo--Acknowledgments. "June 2010"--P. following t.p.
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Maps Summary Key recommendations Methodology Border and refugee transit center closures: a recipe for police abuses Police abuses against asylum seekers near the Dadaab refugee camps Abuse of asylum seekers by criminals in the border areas Police violence against refugees in the Dadaab refugee camps Police failures to respond to sexual violence in the Dadaab refugee camps Unlawful restriction on refugees' free movement and abusive imprisonment of refugees convicted of moving without permission UNHCR's role in monitoring violations of the rights of asylum seekers and refugees Comprehensive recommendations Acknowledgments.
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