Publié : 26/Mar/2016
Source: The East African
By Daniel S. Ntwari
Rwanda is planning a major crackdown on Congolese nationals, who have illegally acquired Rwandan national identification, an act that jeopardises their privilege as refugees.
Under the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) guidelines, refugees are supposed to get registered and acquire a refugee identity card that offers them refugee status in order to get full benefits which include shelter, food and protection, as « stateless persons » in need.
The Minister of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (Midimar), Seraphine Mukantabana, recently told parliament that the ministry has asked the refugees to hand in the Rwandan identification, but none has done so claiming to have lost them.
Ms Mukantabana said « They (refugees) acquired these identifications illegally. We are going to start an investigation into those possessing the IDs and their refugee status will be revoked and we will send them back to their countries. »
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