The Rwandan government said on Wednesday it remains committed to taking in asylum seekers sent by the UK under a controversial deal after a first flight was canceled following a ruling by the European Court of Justice.
“We are not deterred by these developments. Rwanda remains fully committed to making this partnership work,” government spokeswoman Yolande Makolo told AFP.
“The current situation of people who are dangerous Traveling cannot continue as it causes immeasurable suffering to so many people,” she said.
“Rwanda is ready to receive the migrants when they arrive and offer them security and opportunities in our country offer.”
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A first flight was due to depart from Kigalilate in the UK late Tuesday, but was canceled at the last minute following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights.
The UK policy of deporting asylum seekers to a country thousands of miles away has been heavily criticized by c church leaders in England and by the UN refugee agency and human rights groups.
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