In response to the ruling, the Spokesperson of the Government of Rwanda, Yolande Makolo has reiterated Rwanda’s commitment to its international obligations, as a country with international repute for exemplary treatment of refugees.
“This is ultimately a decision for the UK’s judicial system. However, we do take issue with the ruling that Rwanda is not a safe third country for asylum seekers and refugees, in terms of refoulement,” she said.
“Rwanda is committed to its international obligations, and we have been recognized by the UNHCR and other international institutions for our exemplary treatment of refugees,” added Makolo.
According to Makolo, Rwandan has been busy continuing to deliver progress for its citizens throughout the legal process, and working together with international partners to solve some of the biggest challenges that Africa and the wider world faces.
"We take our humanitarian responsibilities seriously, and will continue to live up to them,” concludes Makolo.
The "Migration and Economic Development Partnership" paving the way for transfer of migrants and asylum seekers from the UK to Rwanda was signed in April 2022.
However, delays arose when rights groups contested the plan, leading to a Court of Appeal ruling against deportation.
Despite this setback, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has been staunchly defending the initiative, emphasizing Rwanda’s effective refugee management.