Following the President Kagame’s offer to host up to 30,000 migrants stranded in Libya, the AU as Chair of the AU-EU-UN Task Force, initiated discussions with GoR on how to jointly implement this initiative. Meetings were held in Kigali in April 2018 with AU Commissioner of Social Affairs and GoR Officials, under the stewardship of the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
In line with the above the MoU between the Government of Rwanda, UNHCR and African Union was prepared and signed in September 2019 in Addis Ababa. The objectives of this MoU is to establish the working terms and conditions for an Emergency Transit Mechanism (ETM) in Rwanda which serve as safe pathway for refugees, asylum-seekers and other persons in need of protection who are currently trapped in Libya or facing serious protection risks.
For the purpose of this MoU, the total number of individuals to be evacuated and admitted to Rwanda under the Emergency Transit Mechanism is established at five hundred (500) at any given time and accommodated in Gashora Emergency Transit center located in Bugesera District and managed by the Ministry in charge of Emergency Management in coordination with the.
This strategic Plan for Refugees Inclusion builds on the remarkable progress made by the Government of Rwanda working with partners towards refugee inclusion and translates the above commitment into strategic actions that will support implementation and delivery.
The strategy highlights underlying and emerging development challenges in refugee inclusion that need to be addressed working with all stakeholders as well as provide strategic steps (Policy actions and investments) required to achieve the commitments with its financial and time-bound implications thereof.
In order to finding durable solutions for refugees, from 2009, the Government undertook different bilateral and tripartite meetings with different Countries hosting Rwandan refugees to discuss the implementation of Comprehensive Solutions Strategy for Rwandan Refugees and put in place programs that aimed at promoting voluntary repatriation (E.g: Come and see go and tell program and sensitization campaigns in camps hosting Rwandan refugees) and this resulted into the repatriation of 109,922 Rwandan refugees in last 10 years.
Ibibazo by’ubuhunzi mu Rwanda byatangiye mu mwaka w’1959. Mu 1994 mu gihe cya Jenoside yakorewe Abatutsi, igihugu cy’u Rwanda cyari mu icuraburindi nta kizere cyo kongera kubaho Abanyarwanda bari bafite. Icyo gihe Abanyarwanda barenga Miliyoni eshatu bahungiye mu bihugu bitandukanye.
Rwanda started experiencing ethnic based hostility from 1959. The hostilities forced thousands of its population to seek safe havens in different countries across the regions. The 1994 Genocide against Tutsi that cast the dark shadow over the country saw millions of Rwanda scattered across the World, especially in Africa.
Implementation of comprehensive strategy for Rwandan refugee situation including UNHCR's recommendations on the applicability of the "ceased circumstances" cessation clause
- In October 2009, UNHCR announced at the 60th Executive Committee of the High commissionner's Programme (EXCOM) a comprehensive strategy to bring to a proper closure the Rwandan refugee situation.