Rwanda grants asylum to stateless man from US

Published: 24/Jul/2020
Source: New Times (Kigali)

By Lavie Mutanganshuro

The Government of Rwanda on Friday, July 24, received, on humanitarian grounds, a stateless person named Amin Hassoun who was relocated from the United States after completing a prison sentence.

By definition, according to the 1954 Convention on the Status of Stateless Persons, a stateless person is someone who is not considered as a national by any state.

According to a government statement issued on Friday, Hassoun willingly accepted being relocated and settled in Rwanda.

Hassoun, a Palestinian born in Lebanon settled in the United States in the 1980s and worked as a computer programmer.

After 9/11 he was convicted under the Patriot Act with making contributions to an Islamic charity that supported groups involved in terrorism in Chechnya and Bosnia.

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Themes: Naturalisation and Marriage, Statelessness
Regions: Rwanda
Year: 2020