The Question of the Recent Expulsion of Rwandans from Tanzania
Source: Journal of African Conflicts and Peace Studies
By Charles Gasarasi, in Journal of African Conflicts and Peace Studies, Volume 1, Issue 1, Peace and Conflict Trends in Africa: The Great Lakes Region
Abstract: From 2000 to 2006, more than 33 000 Rwandan immigrants were expelled from Tanzania. Most of them were expelled without regard to international conventions on rights and duties of countries that host legal or illegal immigrants. Tanzanian authorities accused the expelled persons of illegal settlement and implication in various crimes. The expelled immigrants, on the other hand, deplore acts of injustice, corruption, humiliation and theft of their goods perpetrated against them by Tanzanian local and regional authorities of Kagera Region. A correct diplomacy, facilitated by the “Joint Technical Team” set up to resolve the expulsion, has helped to moderate deterioration of relations between Rwanda and Tanzania, even though some problems still remain unresolved.
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