Interpol rallies EA police chiefs as Israel sends immigrants to Uganda

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The Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura giving opening remarks during the opening of the 19th Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation.

Regional police chiefs have been urged to share information about criminals with International Police if transnational crime is to be fought.

The remarks were made by Precious Tihabiwa, the head of Interpol National Central Bureaus for Africa, while addressing a regional senior police officers’ meeting in Munyonyo.

He said African countries are not sharing information about criminals, which makes it hard to curb trans-boundary crimes.

The Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura gave the opening remarks during the opening of the 19th Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation.

The event is taking place at Speke Resort Munyonyo from 11th -15th September 2017 in Kampala Uganda.

18 countries from Africa are taking part with the theme “Enhancing Corporation and Innovation in Combating Transnational Organised and Emerging Crimes”.

Gedion Kimilu, the head of internal regional bureau for East Africa, says they cannot compile and compare crime trends in the region as member states are hesitant to share such data.

Interpol is an intergovernmental organisation that comprises 190 member countries that are all connected through a secure communications system.

Refugees and immigrants

The meeting comes at a time the world is dealing with refugees and immigrants from Africa to Europe or Asian countries.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Thursday that he was “bringing South Tel Aviv back to the Israelis”, reports The Times of Israel.

Sixteen-year-old Christina Philip Batista doesn’t quite understand what he’s talking about. She lived in Israel for six years, some of them in Tel Aviv, and never wanted to take the country from anyone.

Four years after being forced to leave Israel, the Sudanese-born teenager calls out to her classmates on the bus in a busy street in Kampala, the capital of Uganda.

“Yalla, nelech!” she yells in Hebrew to a group of friends who also spent their formative years in Israel. “Come on, let’s go!”

High Court ruled that the government can continue its practice of “willing deportation” of African migrants to third countries, i.e., not the ones they came from.

While the destination countries are not named in the court documents, refugees have been returned to Rwanda and Uganda since Israel began the process of willing deportation.

Previously, African migrants had also been returned to South Sudan, before that country broke out in civil war in 2013.

However, the Supreme Court also ruled that since the deportations may only be carried out with the agreement of the migrants, refusal to leave Israel cannot be considered uncooperative behaviour.

And Israel may not imprison migrants who refuse to leave for more than 60 days. Previously, the Interior Ministry could imprison illegal migrants indefinitely in the Holot Detention Center in the Negev.

The June 2012 repatriation of South Sudanese migrants, called “Operation Returning Home,” saw about 700 illegal South Sudanese migrants rounded up in the course of a few days to be sent to South Sudan, following an agreement between Israel and the newly independent nation.

Of the 700 refugees returned to South Sudan, about 500 were children who had grown up in Israel.

Israel government will send more than 40,000 African asylum seekers mainly Eritrean and Sudanese nationals to an East African country–Uganda and Rwanda.

According to Israeli media reports, Uganda will receive military hardware and agricultural aid in exchange for accepting Israel’s unwanted aliens.

Obiga Kania, the minister of state for Internal Affairs, denied knowledge of deportees from Israel being dumped in Uganda.

Margaret Kafeero, the head of public diplomacy, said Uganda doesn’t have an embassy in Israel.

Former International Affairs minister and current minister of state for Foreign Affairs Hon. Henry Okello Oryem said in 2013 that “it is true Israel is looking for third host countries to take in unwanted refugees, and Uganda is one of the countries that have been approached for this purpose.”