By Azania Post Reporter
THE Southern African Development Community (SADC) has started to review draft on regional policy frame work management of asylum seekers and refugees.
According to the SADC the draft is line with comprehensive refugee response framework (CRRF) which forms part of the UN’s New York declaration , adopted by General Assembly in September last year.
Recently, the refugee Sub- Committee and legal experts meeting convened in Gaborone city, Botswana to review the draft.
The meeting was attended by the Republics of Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, United Republic of Tanzania and the Kingdom of Swaziland.
Addressing the Refugee Commissioners and Legal Experts, Adv. Maemo Peter Machethe from the Community Secretariat’s Directorate of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Affairs, emphasised the need to align the draft SADC Regional Policy Framework on Management of Asylum Seekers and Refugees to the CRRF.
Through the CRRF, the General Assembly calls upon receiving States, cognisance of their international obligations and bearing in mind their national capacities, to among others, ensure to the extent possible, that measures are put in place to identify persons in need of international protection as refugees.
According to him, receiving states should provide for adequate safe and dignified reception conditions, with a particular emphasis on persons with specific needs, victims of human trafficking, child protection, family unity, and prevention of and response to sexual and gender-based violence.
In line with the New York Declaration spirit, Adv. Machethe also emphasised the urgency to seek long term solutions to address forced displacement of people, and called upon the global community to recognise that armed conflicts, persecution and political instability, among other factors, give rise to large refugee movements.
“There is a need to promptly address the root causes of conflict situations, prevent or resolve conflict by peaceful means and pursue peaceful settlement of disputes,” he said.