Ambassador Rwanda defends plans to accept illegal immigrants from the UK prior to the first deportation flight


Immigrants deported from the United Kingdom to Rwanda find “safety and security” and are treated with “dignity and respect,” the British High Commissioner for African countries said on Sunday.

This is because charities are appealing the British High Court’s decision not to land the first flight to Rwanda, which is due to take off on Tuesday.

The British government signed a £ 120 million contract in April, allowing the UK to take illegal immigrants on a one-way flight to Rwanda.

However, the plan is facing fierce opposition, and charities are trying to remove people from the planned flight and stop the flight altogether.

In a Twitter update on Monday, campaign group Care4Calais said the number of people boarding planes on Tuesday dropped from 31 to 10.

In an article published in The Sunday Telegraph, Rwanda’s new High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Johnston Businge, motivated his country to sign the agreement and “provided a safe haven for those in need.” Defended the ability to “do”.

It follows media reports that Prince Charles has described the deal between Britain and Rwanda as “horrifying.”

Calling Rwanda “one of the most welcomed countries in the world,” Businge said the country’s history means “deep connections with people seeking security and opportunities in new lands.”

According to Busingye, Rwanda helped the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) evacuate migrants from Libya, after more than 130,000 refugees from neighboring countries and Tullivan came to power in the south. Provided evacuation for those who fled Afghanistan. Asian country.

“The story of Rwanda since the genocide against Tutsi is one of humanitarian interventions. Rwanda has consistently been one of the largest contributors to UN peacekeeping efforts. Involvement of endangered humans. Partnering with the United Nations to tackle global issues is in line with our record, “Busingye wrote.

He said that those who arrived in Rwanda “find safety and security and are treated with dignity and respect.”

He promised to provide asylum seekers with “appropriate temporary accommodation” when the application was processed, and said they were “free to come and go.”

He also said that unsuccessful applicants would be provided with a legal route to stay and authorities would help them integrate into Rwandan society.

The British government said the tactic was aimed at breaking the business model of smugglers who carry illegal immigrants from Europe to the British islands in flimsy boats across the dangerous English Channel.

However, a lawyer representing two people on the government’s deportation list and three organizations disagreeing with the plan said the Interior Ministry’s view that Rwanda is a “safe third country” for asylum seeker is UNHCR’s view. “It was based on a complete misunderstanding.”

Raza Husain QC has accused the High Court of refusing to bring Tuesday’s flight to the ground, and UNHCR said, “Arbitrary denial of access to the process, lack of interpreters, lack of training, qualified officers. He said he was concerned about “deficiencies” in Rwanda’s process, such as “small numbers.” Claims from applicants in the Middle East, lack of reasons for refusal, and biased decision making in the inadequate appeal process. “

Prime Minister Boris Johnson also defended plans to deport illegal immigrants to Rwanda, where the government said, “People who move them across straits on non-seasonable ships, endangering their lives and sometimes costing them. They are trying to stop the business model of criminal groups preying on them. ” “

Lily Chow


Lily Zhou is a freelance writer who mainly covers the British news of The Epoch Times.