AHRC Opposes U.S. Federal Asylum Rule Which Would Destroy LGBTQI Asylum

RESS RELEASE For Immediate Release: Contact: Melanie Nathan, Executive Director, nathan@AfricanHRC.org African Human Rights Coalition Dated: July 15, 2020 Today African Human Rights Coalition (AHRC) submitted its strong opposition to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) proposed new rule that would effectively destroy the asylum process in the United States. This rule would make it almost impossible for survivors of gender-based violence including women, and Lesbian, Gay , Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex LGBTQ+ people, especially those lacking legal representation – to obtain asylum in the United States. In the submission

UNHCR Statement on Psychosocial Services for Refugees in Kenya Includes LGBTI

UNHCR is deeply concerned by a number of messages we have received in recent days from individuals outside of Kenya indicating that they have been the recipients of information concerning a small group of refugees and asylum seekers in Kakuma camp who have self-identified as LGBTI and have expressed feelings of trauma and, in some instances, suicidal thoughts. We are in contact with this group and will continue, together with our partners, to provide them with all the necessary support that they may need. UNHCR’s experience around the world has sadly shown the emotional and social suffering by refugees and asylum-seekers who have experienced years of profound exclusion, marginalization, sham

UNHCR urges dialogue and peaceful coexistence among refugees in Kakuma refugee camp

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, called today for enhanced dialogue among refugee communities living in Kakuma to help reduce the tensions which have emerged in a specific area of the refugee camp. In recent weeks, UNHCR has received conflicting reports from different communities who have been accusing each other of provoking violence. While this does not reflect the overall security situation in the Kakuma camps, we are concerned by these rising tensions. More specifically, in the past weeks, a small group of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Intersex (LGBTI) refugees and asylum-seekers have been reporting incidents of violence against them. In parallel, members of other refugee communiti

UNHCR Kenya Statement on False Claims about Transfers

Any activists providing funding that has served to assist refugees to leave Kakuma Camp, need to be aware that they are aiding and abetting in the commission of crime that could subject the refugee to detrimental repercussions that negatively impact chances of resettlement. Refugees in host country Kenya are asked not to break the law. It is evident from social media posts that some refugees may have left Kakuma camp without the requisite permitting. Transporting out of the camp to Nairobi is an expensive endeavor, often subsidized by misinformed donors in the USA, EU and other countries, as the only way through closed COVID restricted roads is to pay a private driver and engage in bribery

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