Refugees stand outside their tent at the Ifo Extension refugee camp in Dadaab, near the Kenya-Somalia border in Garissa County, Kenya. Photo Credit: Reuters/File Photo
Human rights groups are hailing a decision by Kenya’s high court stopping the closure of the Dadaab refugee camp in the country.
The court on Thursday ruled that the Kenyan government decision was not fair, discriminatory, and arbitrary.
The refugee camp which is famous for the large number of persons seeking refuge there was to be closed down last year.
The government of Kenya has decided to delay the closure for another six months. But a legal challenge to the closure shows that the intention of government was flawed.
The case was filed by the Kenya national commission on Human rights and Kituo Cha Sheria backed by Amnesty International.
The Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya houses over thousands of Somali refugees who fled instability in their country.
The Kenyan government said the closure of the camp will help deal with issues of security in the country following terrorist attacks by al Shabaab elements.