Rwandan government has denied reports that African illegal immigrants that were deported from Israel are hosted in the country.
The country says it did not receive any of the deported immigrants from Israel in the last four years as had been reported.
Reports have been hitting headlines that Rwandan government refused to convene in discussions about hosting the deportees.
The reports say that the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) disclosed that between 2013 and 2017 Rwanda received 4000 deportees from Israel but secretly.
Up to now none of the UNHCR staff has come to accept the disclosure the above figures.
Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and East African Community Amb. Olivier Nduhungirehe denied the reports saying that any refugees cannot enter the country without being noticed.
“When did UNHCR say that and when? Who can believe that such numbers of immigrants can enter the country and go unseen? This is not correct news?” he said.
News about the deportation of the African illegal immigrants came public last year and from then Rwandan government insists it has not discussions related with Israel.
Amb.Nduhungirehe says that during last week’s demonstrations by the Africans caught in Israel at the Rwandan Embassy in Tel Aviv, he told them that the two countries don’t have any agreements that accept the country to host them.
“Rwanda has never signed any agreements with Israel. They were demonstrating because they heard and read falsified news and some don’t accept our correction on the matter.”
He adds that the Rwandan history saw aggression and oppression of Rwandans which prompted the government to open gates where we accepted to receive the Africans and others in the same situations that wish to be hosted in the country.
“We did that because we wanted to help and not any other interest. We cannot receive any other person brought by force. We shall accept those that want to live in the country by their will.”
President Paul Kagame, during the concluded World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, told the Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Rwanda would accept any decision that complies with the international law regarding the deportees.
Israel said it would grant to any country that hosts the African deportees $5000 per deportee and deportation fee of $3500.
That decisions regarding the deportees from Israel has sent antagonist stances amongst humanitarian organizations which recite that the current host country resolve the matter or the African illegal immigrants be sent to other countries.
The High Commission for Refugees released a report rebutting the Israel decision which says that the immigrants be forcefully deported and notes it received reports some of them had been deported.
Israel wants to deport 38000 comprising exclusively those from Eritrea and Sudan that have until April 1 to have left the country or be arrested.