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UN agency deplores fatal shooting of Somali asylum-seekers in Mozambique

Publisher UN News Service
Publication Date 6 May 2011
Cite as UN News Service, UN agency deplores fatal shooting of Somali asylum-seekers in Mozambique, 6 May 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4dc8d5121e.html [accessed 29 July 2014]
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The United Nations refugee agency today condemned the recent shooting by Mozambican police of four Somali asylum-seekers and called on authorities to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.

The four Somalis were fatally shot on 29 April, reportedly in Namoto in Cabo Delgado province, according to a press statement issued by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The agency "urges the Government of Mozambique to respect the human rights of asylum-seekers and to take appropriate action to ensure that those responsible will be held accountable," the statement noted.

UNHCR reported that it was still trying to obtain more details about the circumstances of the killings.

Mozambique has become an increasingly popular destination for Somalis attempting to flee violence and poverty in their homeland, with an upsurge in numbers starting early last year.

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