At genocide memorial, deeply moved Prince Charles starts controversial Rwanda visit

At genocide memorial, deeply moved Prince Charles starts controversial Rwanda visit

Jennifer Robinson, the international human rights barrister of London’s Doughty Street Chambers, said Rwanda’s questionable record made it both unfit to host the summit and unfit to accept Britain’s unwanted asylum seekers.

“Any country that engages in enforced disappearances on such a systematic and widespread scale as the one the Rwandan government has, and the failure of the rule of law to properly protect against that, raises very serious, grave questions about whether the Rwandan government can adequately prepare for and support asylum seekers,” she said.

Prince Charles has become the first British royal to visit Rwanda, representing Queen Elizabeth II as the ceremonial head of the Commonwealth at a summit where both the 54-nation bloc.Credit:AP

Robinson has taken the case of Australian citizen and Rwandan refugee, Noel Zihabamwe, to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances after two of his brothers went missing in the central African nation after they were taken into custody by police.

The first-in-line to the throne took over from the Queen as head of the Commonwealth at the end of the last summit in London in 2018.

Charles will meet his prime minister, Boris Johnson, who is in Kigali for CHOGM, for what Clarence House said would be a “cup of tea and a catch up” on Friday morning, their first since Charles’ comments criticizing the one-way asylum seeker plan.

The British government’s first scheduled deportation flight was grounded when the European Court of Human Rights, which has no connection to the European Union, barred the plane from leaving in an injunction.

On Tuesday, the government announced plans to rip up the existing Human Rights Act, and give British courts the power to ignore such rulings in the future.

Justice Secretary Dominic Raab has proposed a Bill of Rights to replace it, which he said would “curb abuses of the system and inject a bit more common sense” into human rights law.

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