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Kenya Court Quashes Government Order to Close Refugee Camp

The judge said the decision is discriminatory and goes against international treaties that protect refugees

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    In this photo taken Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, Somali children who were repatriated to Somalia from Kenya's Dadaab camp, walk between makeshift shelters in the Daryeel camp for the displaced, in Mogadishu, Somalia. Somalis say they were pressured to return to their country from the world's largest refugee camp in neighboring Kenya. They say they were promised safety and support back home. Instead, they report hunger, preying gangs and the deadly threat of attack by extremist group al-Shabab.

    A Kenyan court has declared illegal a government order to close the world's largest refugee camp and send more than 200,000 people back to war-torn Somalia.

    Judge John Mativo said Thursday that Kenya's internal security minister had abused his power by ordering the closure in May of Dadaab refugee camp, near the border with Somalia.

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    The judge said the decision is discriminatory and goes against the Kenyan constitution as well as international treaties that protect refugees against being returned to a conflict zone.

    Mativo said the Kenyan government had not proved Somalia is safe for the refugees to return.