Botswana: High court halts deportation of Namibian refugees

Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s High Court has temporarily stopped the repatriation of Namibian refugees, local media reported on Tuesday.

The development comes after an urgent application by Namibian refugees contesting the repatriation, which was scheduled to begin on 31 December 2015.

Last year, Botswana and Namibia agreed to revoke the status of 928 refugees, paving the way  for their return to Namibia.

However, the refugees, who are part of a group that stayed in Caprive Strip and demanded autonomy in Namibia in the 1990s, are refusing to go home citing possible prosecution for reason.

The court agreed with the applicants that the matter was sufficiently urgent to be brought at short notice and ordered the government to provide the applicants with a copy of the Tripartite Commission Report for the "Go-and-See Come-and-Tell" mission.

The Mission was a delegation sent from the Dukwi refugees camp in northern Botswana to observe the situation of their impending resettlement in Namibia.

“Pending written reasons to be made available on the 26 February 2016, the respondents shall not deport the applicants,” read court documents from Botswana High Court.
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05 january 2016 10:32:47

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