Rwanda’s opposition leader says the UK government ‘knows Rwanda is not a safe country’

Rwanda’s opposition chief has stated that Rwanda will not be a protected nation for asylum seekers to be despatched from the UK.

Victoire Imgabire Umuhoza has instructed Sky Information that the deal between Rwanda and the UK is “unlawful” as a result of Rwanda is “not a free nation”.

It comes after the UK Courtroom of Attraction dominated on Thursday final week that the federal government’s plan to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda is illegal.

The federal government has stated it’s now in search of permission to enchantment to the Excessive Courtroom.


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Citing a International Workplace report from July 2017 that stated there are considerations across the lack of freedom of expression, Ms Umuhoza defined “The human rights state of affairs in Rwanda is broadly recognized”.

The 2017 report discovered the Rwandan authorities was chargeable for “concentrating on of the opposition leaders and civil society organisations”.

The UK introduced the controversial multimillion-pound deal to deport unlawful migrants to Rwanda final 12 months, however no deportation flights have thus far gone forward.

“The coverage of this authorities could be very easy, it’s this nation – and your authorities – who ought to determine who comes right here, not legal gangs”, prime minister Rishi Sunak stated in an announcement following the ruling. “And I’ll do no matter is important to make that occurs”, he added. 

“Rwanda is a protected nation”, Mr Sunak argued. “The Excessive Courtroom agreed. The [United Nations refugee agency] have their very own refugee scheme for Libyan refugees in Rwanda. We are going to now search permission to enchantment this resolution to the Supreme Courtroom”.

This morning, Ms Umuhoza additionally famous that the Residence Workplace has given asylum to Rwandans who’ve fled over the previous couple of years.

“I don’t perceive how a democratic nation, a wealthy nation just like the UK doesn’t need to assist refugees and desires to place this heavy burden on a poor nation and a not democratic nation like Rwanda”, she added.

Ms Umuhoza stated she hopes final week’s courtroom ruling will push the Rwandan authorities will take steps to enhance political inclusion, human rights and shield the rule of legislation. The Rwandan authorities should start “participating with dissident voices”, she stated. 

She concluded: “Immediately, Rwanda will not be prepared or the proper place to obtain asylum seekers from a democratic and wealthy nation just like the UK”.