Rwanda says it is “undaunted” by the cancellation of a UK asylum seeker flight.
The Rwandan government said on Wednesday that it was still committed to accepting asylum seekers provided by the UK under a contentious pact, despite the cancellation of the first flight due to a European court judgment.
“These developments have not discouraged us. Rwanda is still completely dedicated to making this cooperation a success “Yolande Makolo, a government spokesperson, said AFP.
“The existing condition of individuals undertaking risky voyages cannot be sustained because it causes immense agony to so many,” she added.
“Rwanda is ready to accommodate migrants and provide them safety and opportunity in our nation when they arrive.”
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A maiden flight from Britain to Kigali was scheduled to depart late Tuesday but was canceled owing to a last-minute judgment by the European Court of Human Rights.
The United Kingdom’s policy of deporting asylum seekers to countries hundreds of kilometers away has been dubbed “immoral” by religious leaders in England and strongly criticized by the UN refugee agency and rights organizations.