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Syrian Asylum Seeker Voices Desperation and promises to commit sucide once deported to Rwanda.

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Mbeki edmond

May 6, 2024

Khaled, who has a traumatic history of torture

The issue is compounded by systemic delays and restrictions within the detention centre, affecting the detainees' ability to access legal representation swiftly. According to Detention Action, some detainees have resorted to hunger strikes to protest their treatment and bring attention to their plight.
Rwandan President Paul kagame

A Syrian asylum seeker detained in the UK's Colnbrook immigration removal centre has expressed severe distress over his impending deportation to Rwanda, fearing for his safety upon arrival.

The asylum seeker, referred to as Khaled for anonymity, revealed his concerns about the UK government's plan to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda, a country he believes will not provide him the safety he desperately needs.


Khaled, who has a traumatic history of torture and imprisonment in Syria and Libya, described his severe anxiety and distress while in detention, stating that the prospect of living in Rwanda is so daunting that he has considered taking his own life if deported.

His ordeal highlights the broader apprehensions among detainees, many of whom are from conflict zones and have similar harrowing backgrounds.


The issue is compounded by systemic delays and restrictions within the detention centre, affecting the detainees' ability to access legal representation swiftly. According to Detention Action, some detainees have resorted to hunger strikes to protest their treatment and bring attention to their plight.


Legal experts and charities like Care4Calais argue that many detained individuals would likely qualify for refugee status in the UK if their applications were fully processed, criticizing the Rwanda deportation plan as inhumane and unjust. The Home Office maintains that it upholds stringent safeguarding protocols to ensure the dignity and welfare of all detainees.


This situation raises significant ethical and legal questions about the treatment of asylum seekers in the UK, the adequacy of Rwanda as a host for deportees, and the broader implications for international refugee protection standards.

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