The African Union (AU) International Detention Coalition on Friday recognized Zambia as one of the African countries that has performed well in the integration of refugees and internally displaced persons into the local communities.
Junita Calder, AU International Detention Coalition Africa Regional Coordinator, said Zambia was a shining example of a country where refugees had been properly integrated in communities without any hostility from communities.
The official, who was speaking at the 3rd AU and National Human Rights Institutions Policy forum in Ethiopia, said refugees and local communities have been able to live side by side and use same facilities without conflicts, according to a release.
Meanwhile, Yuyo Nachali-Kambikambi, a commissioner in Zambia’s human rights body who is representing Zambia at the forum said it was a great honor to be recognize as a country that is doing something right in the space of refugees and other internally displaced persons.
“We find that most times this group of people are not just marginalize but are exclude because when people are displaced, not only will they be looking for shelter and food but they also lose their right to vote and are thus disenfranchised if not properly accounted for by the government and other stakeholders,” she said.
She said instead of countries looking at refugees from a security risk angle, there was need to look at this from a humanitarian angle in order to keep in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. Enditem