UNHCR refers Kenya staff to police after internal investigation finds fraud at Kakuma camp

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is implementing a number of measures to strengthen management and oversight of its Kakuma operation in Kenya in light of an internal investigation that found fraud and other serious misconduct.

UNHCR’s investigation was prompted after allegations were received of fraud, corruption, threats and intimidation at the camp.

The investigation confirmed the involvement of five staff, against whom a range of actions have now been taken. These include, in three cases, referral by the UN’s Office of Legal Affairs to the Kenyan police for criminal prosecution – so far resulting in one arrest. Two of the five have resigned, and disciplinary processes are under way against the remaining three.

UNHCR has separately launched an independent management review which has made a number of recommendations to accompany the disciplinary actions being taken against those found to have committed malfeasance.

As further measures to address the situation, and in parallel with the investigation, we immediately suspended normal resettlement submissions from Kakuma and reviewed processes, although no further irregularities have been found. An information campaign is under way, and we are pursuing matters with our partners, including working with them to carry out their own investigations and to deepen anti-fraud awareness and prevention measures.

“Protecting lives is at the core of UNHCR’s work, which makes the betrayal of trust we have seen in this case so galling,” said UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Refugees George Okoth-Obbo. “The management review has provided us an understanding of what happened and allows us now to enhance a number of preventive, assurance, response and corrective measures in management, oversight and operational delivery.”

Distributed by APO on behalf of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

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Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov’s meeting with Head of Sudan’s Presidential Administration Taha Osman Al-Hussein

On May 30, Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov met with Head of Sudan’s Presidential Administration Taha Osman Al-Hussein.

The officials exchanged views on current regional issues, primarily the situation in Syria and Libya, and confirmed their countries’ resolve to strengthen their foreign policy cooperation in international and regional affairs, including conflict resolution in South Sudan and normalisation in Darfur based on international law.

They also discussed key issues of Russian-Sudanese relations and focused on the further development of mutually beneficial bilateral trade, and economic and cultural cooperation.

Distributed by APO on behalf of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

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Statement by the Spokesperson on Sudanese human rights defender Dr Mudawi

Statement by the Spokesperson on Sudanese human rights defender Dr Mudawi:

The EU closely follows the human rights situation in Sudan.

The recent presidential pardon of two pastors in Sudan is an encouraging step regarding religious freedom in the country. Jan Figel, the Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief outside the EU, was able to meet with human rights defender Dr Ibrahim Mudawi in his place of detention in March 2017, yet the length of detention and delays in due process remain a source of concern. The EU supports the recent call by UN Independent Expert, Aristide Nononsi, for the immediate release of Dr Mudawi and of Hafiz Idris, another human rights defender.

Despite progress in the national dialogue, space for civil society is shrinking in Sudan, as demonstrated by delays in registration of NGOs, and the arrest, detention and court cases of human rights defenders. All human rights defenders need to be able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities openly, free of restrictions and without fear of reprisals.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Delegation of the European Union to Sudan.

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Prime Minister Abe Holds a Meeting with the President of the Republic of Kenya

On Sunday, May 27, commencing at about 9:20 a.m. for approximately 10 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, who was visiting the Italian Republic to attend the G7 Taormina Summit, held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya, who attended the G7 Outreach Meeting. The overview of the meeting is as follows. (The meeting was attended on the Kenyan side by Ambassador Amina C. Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs, and on the Japanese side by Mr. Koichi Hagiuda, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary.)

  1. Prime Minister Abe stated that he was pleased to have guided the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) in August last year to a success together with President Kenyatta, and he also congratulated Cabinet Secretary Mohamed on being awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun. Furthermore, Prime Minister Abe stated that he hoped to further strengthen cooperation in areas such as developing the Mombasa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) reform.
  2. In response, President Kenyatta expressed gratitude for the decoration conferred on Cabinet Secretary , and stated that he was sincerely delighted with the success of TICAD VI and Prime Minister Abe’s state visit to Kenya and was grateful for Japan’s continuous support with Kenya’s economic and social development including Mombasa SEZ development and the energy sector. President Kenyatta stated that he hoped to continue to work together with Japan in the international arena including the UN reform.
  3. In addition, Prime Minister Abe and President Kenyatta exchanged views on regional affairs including South Sudan and North Korea.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

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