US blames Rwanda for deadly camp strike amidst UK’s designation of Rwanda as a safe country for refugees

The bombing of the Shabindu displacement camp in Goma, attributed to the Rwandan army and M23 rebels, highlights serious concerns about Rwanda’s designation as a safe country for UK asylum seekers, amidst accusations of compromised press freedom and human rights abuses.

Rwandan involvement in Congo’s conflict raises questions about UK’s asylum partnership

Rwanda’s military involvement in Congo’s North Kivu province, supporting M23 rebels despite denials, raises serious questions about the integrity of the UK’s Rwanda asylum processing partnership amid ongoing human rights and conflict concerns.

DRC: At least 19 civilians killed in clashes between the army and M23 rebels in Mweso, North Kivu

On Thursday 25th Jan, at least 19 civilians were killed and up to 27 injured in Mweso, North Kivu.

UK’s asylum policy and Rwanda’s M23 involvement: a troubling contradiction

The UK’s policy of deporting asylum seekers to Rwanda, amidst reports of the latter’s support for M23 rebels and associated human rights abuses, presents a stark ethical dilemma and contradicts the notion of Rwanda as a safe country.

AOAV’s Executive Director was refused a journalist visa in Rwanda to investigate human rights concerns there. He spoke to the BBC about his concerns of it being a ‘safe’ country for refugees

In response to the UK Supreme Court declaring its Rwanda asylum policy unlawful, the UK government is drafting emergency legislation to establish Rwanda as a safe country for asylum seekers. AOAV’s Executive Director appeared on the BBC to argue that to establish this notion of safety would require proper scrutiny of Rwanda.

Of Barges and Banishments: what the Bibby Stockholm reveals about the UK’s dark history

Suella Braverman’s asylum barges are tied up with Britain’s imperial past, writes Iain Overton

‘For me to return to Afghanistan… It’s Death’: The Reality of Demonised Asylum Seekers

What are the forces driving refugees across the Channel? What are they fleeing? What are they hoping for?
Dr Iain Overton travelled to Calais to find out.

UK stays silent on Rwanda’s role in DRC War crimes

The recent Amnesty International report has revealed that the Rwandan-backed M23 rebels are committing war crimes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with impunity, while the UK remains silent on Rwanda’s role.