A new report by Human Rights Watch reveals that Rwandan authorities are seeking to silence criticism from Rwandans living around the world.The repressive methods used include threatening relatives still in Rwanda, physical violence and forced disappearances, surveillance and online harassment.
The findings in the 115-page report “highlight that Rwanda is not a country the Uk should rely upon to uphold international standards or the rule of law when is comes to to asylum seekers,” said Yasmin Ahmed, the UK director for Human Rights Watch. “The British government’s plan is doing untold damage to the UK’s international reputation as a country that claims to stand up for human rights.”
The UK government is currently arguing at the Supreme Court that Rwanda is a safe country for asylum seekers, appealing the judgement that its plan to send refugees to Rwanda is unlawful. The court’s decision is expected in around six weeks.