The request was issued yesterday after Uganda deported 20 Rwandans.
The statement released by the Government of Rwanda yesterday indicates that Rwanda has welcomed more than 20 Rwandans deported from Uganda, where they had been illegally detained.
Amb. Olivier Nduhungirehe, the Minister of State in charge of the East African Community, expressed his sympathy to the deported Rwandans and their families for the pain and difficulties they faced, and said:
“The deportation is not an isolated case. The fate of hundreds of Rwandans, whose names are known to the Government of Uganda, who have been killed, arrested, incarcerated without consular access and tortured, nor the close to one thousand illegally deported to Rwanda in inhumane conditions has never been addressed by Uganda, though repeatedly brought up by Rwanda through diplomatic channels.
"These illegal detentions, mistreatment and deportations is the reason the Government of Rwandan advised our citizens not to travel to Uganda.
“We continue to call on Uganda to halt all collaboration with terrorist groups hostile to Rwanda including RNC, in targeting, illegally detaining, and torturing Rwandans and instead use lawful means to bring to justice any Rwandans suspected of breaking the law," added Nduhungirehe.
The diplomatic row between Rwanda and Uganda relations dates back two years ago. The government of Rwanda reports 900 of its nationals are ambiguously incarcerated, tortured and illegally expelled from Uganda.
The souring relationship between Rwanda and Uganda worsened in March 2019, when Rwanda advised its people not to travel to Uganda until the situation comes back to normal.
Rwanda also accuses Uganda of housing dissidents intending to threaten state security.