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The UK-Rwanda Migration and Economic Development Partnership and Human Rights

Non-inquiry session

In July, the Government signed an agreement with Rwanda to send asylum seekers who have arrived in the UK illegally to have their asylum claims processed in Rwanda. Claimants would not be allowed to return to the UK and would receive asylum support in Rwanda and either settlement in Rwanda or return to their country of origin. The Government has since announced that the first relocations of asylum seekers to Rwanda are likely to take place around 14 June. 

The Committee will examine whether the agreement complies with the UK’s international obligations to refugees, including under the European Convention on Human Rights and the Refugee Convention 1951. It will also examine the human rights landscape in Rwanda itself, including whether Rwanda is a safe third state for the removal of asylum seekers and what opportunities exist for individuals to challenge breaches of their rights.