UNHCR issues warning over treatment of Somali refugees

Posted on 25/07/2010


UNHCR is alarmed by a deterioration in the treatment of uprooted Somali civilians both inside Somalia and in the surrounding region. Against the background of recent terrorist attacks, we have noted growing numbers of incidents of xenophobia, round ups and deportations of displaced Somalis.

Of particular worry to us is the action by the local authorities of Somalia’s Puntland region in pushing back more than 900 internally displaced people (IDPs) to conflict-stricken central Somalia on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

In Gaalkacyo where some of the deportees, mainly Somali men between the ages of 18 and 25, are being held, UNHCR has been facilitating an inter-agency humanitarian response, providing food, water, medical assistance and blankets.

We are calling on the Puntland authorities to halt these push-backs. It is UNHCR’s view that people fleeing southern and central Somalia are in need of international protection and that involuntary returns to that part of the country place people’s lives at risk.

Somalia is the third largest refugee-producing country in the world.

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 23 July 2010, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Source: UNHCR

Friday, July 23, 2010 

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