Rwanda to Put Embargo on Congo Refugees with Illegal National Identification, Minister

Published: 26/Mar/2016
Source: Imirasire News

Rwanda is planning to put some strict restrictions on Congolese nationals and also carry out an inspection to find out and get whoever that owns the Rwanda National ID’s in an illegal manner since this act puts at risk the privileges of 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 basic needs such as food, shelter, medical and security, as people without legal places of settlement should be treated.

According to the Minister of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMARA), Seraphine Mukantabana, in a few days ago, said before the parliament that the ministry has requested the refugees to hand in their the Rwanda Identification cards they attained illegally, but they declined and some falsely claim to have lost them.

“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.” Ms Mukantabana said.

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Themes: Nationality and Refugees
Regions: Rwanda
Year: 2016