Iran violates UK plan to send refugees to Rwanda
In a statement on Friday, Foreign Office spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh described the UK government’s stated plan to forcibly send refugees from the UK to Rwanda as a breach of the country’s international obligations.
He said transferring people out of British territory is contrary to the spirit and text of the Refugee Convention.
“This British plan to put its responsibility for refugees on the shoulder of a third country exposes refugees to violations of the rights mentioned in refugee conventions and human rights agreements and completely ignores the considerations human and moral,” added the spokesperson.
Khatibzadeh also rejected the objectification of refugees, the use of violence and humiliating acts that violate human dignity, and referred to Iran’s hosting of millions of refugees, saying: “The British government’s plan to deporting refugees comes as this country and other Western states have consistently ignored the efforts of the Islamic Republic of Iran to manage and process millions of migrants and refugees.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has hosted millions of refugees, especially from the neighboring country of Afghanistan, while respecting human and humanitarian considerations and receiving minimal foreign aid, which has been repeatedly recognized and praised. by international institutions related to refugee affairs. “, concluded the Iranian spokesman.
Under the plan, the British government would screen asylum seekers after they arrive and provide their personal details to Rwandan officials before they are transported to Kigali. The Rwandan government would handle the asylum process and, if successful, asylum seekers will settle in the country.
Under the new scheme, all refugees arriving in the UK by boat will be sent to Rwanda. If their application is successful, they will not be granted refugee status in the UK but will be granted asylum by Rwanda. Those who fail could be sent back to their country of origin or another country where they have the right to reside.
Globally, only less than 1% of refugees worldwide have access to safe and direct resettlement through the United Nations.