In an initial response, UNHCR indicated that they were not a party to the negotiations that took place between London and Kigali, which were understood to be part of an economic development partnership.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the plan, worth around $160 million, will “save countless lives” from human trafficking and the often dangerous waterway between the south of the country, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said, according to news reports. England and the coast of France, known as the English Channel.
“UNHCR remains firmly opposed to agreements that seek to transfer refugees and asylum-seekers to third countries in the absence of adequate protections and standards.” said Assistant High Commissioner for Protection of UNHCRGillian Triggs, describes the agreements as shifting asylum responsibilities and evading international obligations “contrary to the letter and spirit of Refugee Convention. ”
UNHCR called on both countries to rethink this plan, warning that instead of preventing refugees from making dangerous journeys, external arrangements would only increase risks, making those Refugees must seek alternative routes and exacerbate pressure on the frontline States that migrants are trying to cross.
While Rwanda has for decades generously provided a safe haven for refugees fleeing conflict and persecution, the majority live in camps with limited access to economic opportunities. .
UNHCR stressed that wealthier countries must show solidarity in supporting Rwanda and the refugees it has received, not vice versa.
“Those fleeing war, conflict and persecution deserve sympathy and understanding,” emphasized Ms. Triggs. “They should not be traded as commodities and shipped overseas for processing.”
UNHCR said in its statement that the UK has an obligation to ensure access for asylum seekers – bringing together those deemed refugees and safely returning to their countries of origin, those who have no legal basis to stay.
Instead, however, Britain is applying disclaimer agreements to others, thereby threatening the international regime of refugee protection that has stood the test of time and saved millions of lives in the past year. many decade.
Conservation area management
The UK often supports the UNHCR, providing important contributions helping protect refugees and assisting countries in conflicts, including Ukraine, the agency noted.
However, financial assistance abroad for certain refugee crises cannot replace the responsibilities of States and their obligations to receive asylum seekers and to protect refugees in their territories. themselves – regardless of race, nationality and mode of arrival, the UN agency stressed.
While UNHCR recognizes the challenges posed by forced displacement, UNHCR maintains that developed countries accept only a small fraction of the world’s refugees and are capable of managing asylum requests in a way that humane, fair and efficient.
Do not apply for asylum outside
In the past, UNHCR has also spoken out against Australia’s policy of handling migrants abroad, which involves redirecting people to move to Nauru, an island in the Pacific Ocean, thousands of kilometers away.
UNHCR has made it clear it does not advocate for states to seek asylum abroad, including measures taken to transfer asylum seekers and refugees to other countries, without adequate safeguards to protect their rights, or when this leads to a change instead of sharing the responsibility of protecting them.