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UNHCR Sudan suspends resettlement programme over alleged corruption

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Ethiopian refugees take part in a small demonstration in front of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)'s offices in Khartoum during a visit by UNHCR's official Antonio Guterres 26 April 2007. (Photo GettyImages AFP)
May 17, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - UN refugee agency, UNHCR, Thursday announced a temporary suspension of its refugee resettlement programme from Sudan following reports about alleged corruption in UN resettlement process.

The suspension comes as the UNHCR independent Inspector General’s Office has launched an investigation into claims about corrupt practices by some staff members of HCR Sudan demand money to advance the resettlement applications of the refugees from Ethiopia, Eritrea and South Sudan.

"At present, we are still dealing with allegations, based on reports that have come from refugees. Nonetheless, these are worrying and the integrity of the Sudan resettlement programme has to be assured beyond any doubt," said UNHCR Representative for Sudan Noriko Yoshida.

"Should wrongdoing be confirmed, those responsible can expect the consequences to be severe," he added.

The resettlement programme is seen as a solution for refugees who have no possibility of either voluntary return or local integration. The refugees are generally resettled in Europe, Australia, Canada and the United States.

The UNHCR Sudan, in its statement, called anyone who has information about fraud or corruption to contact "without delay" the Inspector General’s Office.

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  • 18 May 2018 04:15, by Whortti Bor Manza

    The UNHCR Sudan is being run by thugs and criminals. No single South Sudanese has ever been repatriated.
    This office should be completely closed down.

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  • 18 May 2018 06:20, by Lenin Bull

    I thought that Sudan is a land of holy people who strictly follow sheria law and no thieves or corrupt elements there!

    Whorti Mansa you are right no single South Sudanese refugee in Sudan has ever appeared in Canada, US, Australia, or Europe that he/she was resettled from refugee camps in Sudan! Fake news by thieves in Sudan

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  • 18 May 2018 06:22, by Lenin Bull

    There are only three countries in the region where South Sudanese refugee get fair resettlement chances and those are Egypt, Ethiopia, and Kenya.

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