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Refugee and artisan, Kapya Kitungwa, 44, from Tanganyika Province in Democratic Republic of the Congo, carves wooden holiday ornaments for Made51 from his workshop in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo UNHCR/Will Swanson

 

Please see below statement from Refugees International Senior Fellow Sarah Miller:

“Refugees International welcomes President Kenyatta’s signing of the Refugees Bill into law today. The law will improve Kenya’s refugee response by working toward a whole-of-government approach and unlocking the potential for refugees in the country to contribute significantly to Kenya’s economy. 

Kenya has hosted some of the world's largest numbers of refugees for decades—more than 500,000. These refugees bring skills, knowledge, and experience that can help to build Kenya’s economy and offset the challenges incurred by the pandemic. 

Kenya should pursue a refugee response that prioritizes the human rights of refugees, working to improve their access to health care, education and livelihood opportunities. This will allow both refugees and their Kenyan hosts to thrive.”

For more information, contact Refugees International Director of Communications Sarah Sheffer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +1 202 540 7029. - 

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council condemned the supply of weapons and ammunition to al-Shabab extremists and others in Somalia in violation of a U.N. arms embargo and voted Monday to extend the ban for a year, saying the al-Qaida affiliate’s terrorist activities continue to destabilize the Horn of Africa nation. 

It urged Somalia’s federal government to keep working with financial authorities, private sector financial institutions and the international community to crack down on al-Shabab’s ability “to generate revenue and launder, store and transfer resources” for use in terrorist and other activities.

The council’s resolution also expressed concern at “continued reports of corruption and diversion of public resources in Somalia.” 

The council kept in place the arms embargo on the sale or resale of weapons and military equipment to Somali forces, a ban on the sale or shipment to Somalia of components used to manufacture improvised explosive devices that al-Shabab is increasingly using, and a ban on the export of charcoal, once a key money-earner for the country. 

The vote was 13-0, with Russia and China abstaining.

Russia objected to references to Eritrea and Djibouti in the resolution, which says the council “will continue to follow developments towards the normalization of relations between Eritrea and Djibouti.”

The Security Council imposed an arms embargo and other tough sanctions on Eritrea in 2009 for supplying weapons to al-Shabab rebels in Somalia and for refusing to resolve a border dispute with Djibouti, a key U.S. ally in the Horn of Africa. It lifted the sanctions on Eritrea in November 2018. 

Russia’s deputy U.N. ambassador, Anna Evstigneeva, said Moscow opposed the reference because “the current state of the relationship between Djibouti and Eritrea doesn’t pose a threat to international peace and security” and “the remaining points of contention between these two countries can be settled through bilateral diplomacy.” 

China objected to the council’s failure to modify the arms embargo, as the Somali government has repeatedly requested, to recognize its strides toward reconstruction and assuming responsibility for security in the country.

Only in the past few years has Somalia begun to find its footing after three decades of chaos from warlords to al-Shabab and the emergence of an Islamic State-linked extremist group. This year, a political crisis further postponed long-delayed elections, though they are reportedly moving ahead finally. Washington Post

Photo via Gulf Times

 

HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani received at the Amiri Diwan office on Monday morning the credentials of seven new ambassadors to the State of Qatar.

HH the Amir received the credentials of HE Ambassador of the Republic of El Salvador Milton Alcides Magana Herrera, HE Ambassador of the Republic of Burundi Isidore Ntirampeba and HE Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania Dr. Mahadhi Juma Maalim.

HH the Amir also received the credentials of HE Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt Amr Kamal El-Din El-Sherbiny, HE Ambassador of Japan Satoshi Maeda, HE Ambassador of Cooperative Republic of Guyana Safraz Ahmed Shaddoud, and HE Ambassador of Republic of Armenia Armen Sargsyan.

HH the Amir welcomed the new ambassadors and wished them success in their duties and for the relations between the State of Qatar and their countries further development and growth.

For their part, Their Excellencies the Ambassadors conveyed to HH the Amir the greetings of their countries' leaders and their wishes of further progress and prosperity to the Qatari people.

Their Excellencies the Ambassadors were accorded earlier official reception ceremony upon their arrival at the Amiri Diwan. - Gulf Times

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