MEDIA ADVISORY ON THE SITUATION OF 2523 BURUNDIAN ASYLUM SEEKERS

Kigali, 30th March, 2018- 2523 Burundian asylum seekers are currently hosted in Bugesera, Nyanza and Nyarushishi Transit Centres. They have refused to abide by laws and obligations regulating refugees in Rwanda, citing religious beliefs. Today, they have been informed on basic conditions they have to fulfill if they want to be granted refugee status in Rwanda.

 

The Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees (MIDIMAR), the United Nations refugee Agency (UNCHR), The Ministry of Health (MoH), The World Health Organization (WHO) and World Food Program (WFP) have jointly briefed these asylum seekers in all three transit centres on the following basic conditions:

1.  In view of preventing and protecting against public health threats, a vaccination against Measles-Rubella and Polio needs to be conducted immediately and all sick/ill persons must seek and receive health services as per the national standards,

2.  The Government of Rwanda requires all asylum seekers present in Rwanda to be individually registered,

3.  As asylum seekers they are protected from forceful return but at the same time they must comply with the laws of Rwanda, their hosting country,

4.   Everyone has a right to return home; they might exercise that right at any time.

The Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees, Ministry of Health and the United Nations refugee Agency (UNCHR) have been holding talks with these asylum seekers to sensitize them on the importance of Vaccination to children under five years.   

On 28th March, 2018 the asylum seekers boycotted the physical identification exercise which was planned in Bugesera, Nyanza and Rusizi Transit centres.

Due to this resistance, 33 leaders of these asylum seekers who were inciting these boycotting behaviors have been detained by the Rwanda National Police. 

These Burundian asylum seekers left Kamanyola refugee camp (DRC) on 7th March seeking refuge in Rwanda amid fears they could be forcibly repatriated back home by Congolese authorities. They were well received and currently they are dispatched to different transit centres; 1607 in Bugesera Transit Centre, 522 in Nyanza Transit Centre and 394 remained in Nyarushishi Transit Centre.   

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ITANGAZO RIGENEWE ABANYAMAKURU KU BARUNDI 2523 BAHERUTSE KUZA MU RWANDA BASABA UBUHUNZI.

Kigali, ku wa 30 Werurwe, 2018- Abarundi 2523 basaba ubuhunzi bacumbikiwe mu nkambi eshatu (3) z’agateganyo: Nyarushishi, Bugesera na Nyanza. Ku mpamvu z’ukwemera kwabo banze kubahiriza amategeko agenga impunzi n’abasaba ubuhunzi bari ku butaka bw’u Rwanda. Uyu munsi bamenyeshejwe ibyo bagomba kubahiriza ngo bahabwe ubuhunzi basaba.

Minisiteri y’imicungire y’Ibiza n’Impunzi (MIDIMAR), Ishami ry’Umuryango w’Abibumbye ryita ku Mpunzi (UNHCR), Minisiteri y’Ubuzima (MoH), Ishami ry’Umuryango w’Abibumbye ryita ku Buzima (WHO) n’irishinzwe ibiribwa  (WFP) bafatanije kumenyesha aba basaba ubuhunzi aho bari mu nkambi eshatu z’agateganyo ko basabwa ibi bikurikira ngo babuhabwe:  

  1. Mu rwego rwo kurengera ubuzima rusange bw’abantu, bagomba guhabwa inkingo z’iseru – Rubeole n’Imbasa, ndetse abarwaye muri bo bakavurwa hakurikijwe uko bikorwa ku butaka bw’u Rwanda,
  2. Guverinoma y’u Rwanda irasaba aba basaba ubuhunzi kwemera kubarurwa, hakamenyekana umwirondoro wa buri wese muri bo,
  3. Kuba basaba ubuhunzi, barindwa gusubizwa mu gihugu bahunze ariko na bo bagomba kubahiriza amategeko y’u Rwanda; igihugu bahungiyemo,
  4. Buri wese afite uburenganzira bwo gusubira iwabo; ashobora kugenda Igihe cyose ashakiye.

Minisiteri y’imicungire y’Ibiza n’Impunzi (MIDIMAR), Ishami ry’Umuryango w’Abibumbye ryita ku Mpunzi (UNHCR) na Minisiteri y’Ubuzima (MoH bamaze iminsi baganiriza aba Barundi basaba ubuhunzi ku byiza by’inkingo ku bana bari munsi y’imyaka itanu (5).

Ku wa Gatatu tariki 28 Werurwe, 2018, aba basaba ubuhunzi babangamiye igikorwa cyo kubabarura umuntu ku wundi cyari giteganijwe mu nkambi z’agateganyo; Bugesera, Nyanza na Nyarushishi.

Ibi byatumye 33 mu bayobozi b’aba basaba ubuhunzi batabwa muri yombi na Polisi y’igihugu.  Bashinjwa kuyobya abandi babakangurira kutakira ubufasha bahabwa no kubangamira ibikorwa by’Inzego zibafasha.

Aba Barundi basaba ubuhunzi bavuye mu nkambi ya Kamanyola muri Repubulika iharanira Demokarasi ya Congo tariki 7 Werurwe baza mu Rwanda bavuga ko batinyaga gusubizwa I Burundi na Leta ya Congo. Barakiriwe ubu bari mu nkambi eshatu z’agateganyo; 1607 bari i Bugesera, 522 bari i Nyanza, abasigaye 394 bagumye Nyarushishi mu karere ka Rusizi.   

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