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Judge Lenaola elected President of the International Association of Refugee & Migration Judges

PRESS RELEASE. Nairobi.   February 21, 2020.    The Hon. Justice Isaac Lenaola, Judge of the Supreme Court of Kenya, has been elected, unopposed, as President of the International Association of Refugee and Migration Judges. (IARMJ).

The election was conducted at the conclusion of the Association’s Annual Conference and AGM at the Raddison Hotel, San Josè, Costa Rica on Thursday, 20th February 2020.

The theme of the Conference was: A New World on the Move: The Realities of Irregular Mass Migration and the Challenges Facing Asylum and Immigration Judges.

The Association, formed in 1997 in Warsaw, Poland, brings together appellate Judges and adjudicators in the interpretation and application of the 1951 Refugee Convention and is committed to fostering recognition that protection from persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion is an individual right established under international law, and that the determination of refugee status and its cessation should be subject to the rule of law.

IARMJ has its headquarters in Harlem, The Netherlands, and has robust Chapters in Europe, Africa, The Americas and Asia Pacific.

At the same Conference, High Court Judge, John Mativo, was elected a member of the Association’s Supervisory Council.

Congratulations to Justices Lenaola and Mativo and we wish them well in the discharge of their duties at IARMJ.

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