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UNHCR trains Gov’t officials on refugee protection

About 45 government officials from different entities have been trained in human rights and refugee protection by the United Nations High Commission for Refugee.

The two day training was aimed at strengthening their knowledge of the fundamentals of refugee protection, documentation issued to asylum-seekers or refugees, detention, court practices in South Sudan and others which impact the lives of refugees who are temporarily settled in the country.

The 45 participants were drawn from representatives of the local Governments, County Commissioners, law enforcement agencies and the Human Rights Commission.

Speaking at the closure of the workshop, Maria Corinna Miguel-Quicho, UNHCR Assistant Representative for Protection in South Sudan applauded the Open Door policy of the government of South Sudan for refugees.

She said being at the helm of protecting of refugees in the country, national authorities need to be effective in their responses to concerns that arise.

Miguel-Quicho encouraged the participants to use the knowledge they have acquired  to develop action plans that are in line with relevant international norms and standards to ensure  the rule of law in the latter.

She added that the commitment to refugee protection is based on the principles underpinning the 1969 Organization of African Union (OAU) Convention, to which South Sudan is a signatory, as well as the 1951 UN Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol.

“Protection of refugees is primarily the responsibility of states. South Sudan has always been responsive in carrying out its obligations on refugee protection,” Miguel-Quicho said.

Miguel-Quicho said UNHCR is currently working with the government and its partners in providing protection and assistance to over 270,000 refugees in the Greater Upper Nile and Greater Equatoria as part of the inter-agency response to the needs of nearly 2 million internally displaced people in the country.

This training workshop was organized by the  United Nations Refugee Agency [UNHCR] in cooperation with the Commission for Refugee Affairs (CRA).

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