On this page, you can download our commentary on the UK Home Office’s recently published Country Policy and Information Note: Rwanda, asylum system and on the related Country Policy and Information Note: Rwanda, assessment. The commentary was kindly funded by the Justice Together Initiative.

This commentary has been produced in response to the publication of suite of Country Policy and Information Notes on Rwanda by the UK Home Office, following the announcement by the UK Prime Minister on 14 April 2022, of a new policy that will see people who are deemed to have arrived in the UK through illegal means, including those fleeing persecution and war, relocated to Rwanda to have their asylum claims processed there. Under the new policy, if granted international protection, refugees will be expected to start a new life in Rwanda. Should this policy be implemented as envisaged by the UK government, it promises to have profound consequences for those seeking refuge on UK shores.

The Country Policy and Information notes on Rwanda analysed in this commentary, were produced in order to assist the UK government to assess whether Rwanda could be classified as a ‘safe third country of asylum’, and whether a person relocated to Rwanda would face a real risk of being subjected to treatment contrary to Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Our commentary identifies what Asylos considers to be the main information gaps and omissions in the Country Policy and Information Note: Rwanda, asylum system, and the key inconsistencies between the available Country of Origin Information on the Rwandan asylum system and the conclusions reached in the Country Policy and Information Note: Rwanda, assessment

We hope that this commentary will provide a useful guide for legal practitioners and decision makers in respect of observed inconsistencies, gaps and omissions in relation to the above-mentioned Country Policy and Information Notes, as well as providing additional relevant Country of Origin Information on the issues identified.

Access the Commentary

Rwanda: Asylum System
July 2022

Also refer to our blog post about this publication in which we discuss some of its main findings.

Do you have any comments or feedback on our commentary? We would love to hear it! Send us an email at [email protected].

The commentary is the first in a series of commentaries on UK Home Office Country Policy and Information Notes. Its publication was made possible with the kind support of the Justice Together Initiative.