“AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE!! Danish authorities have signed an agreement with the Rwandan government to enhance cooperation on migration and asylum, potentially to then send asylum-seekers to Rwanda:

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Danish authorities have signed an agreement with the Rwandan government to enhance cooperation on migration and asylum, potentially to then send asylum-seekers to Rwanda: Below is the Press release from Amnesty Internation.
“AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
PRESS RELEASE
​​​Denmark: Plans to send asylum-seekers to Rwanda “unconscionable and potentially unlawful.”
Responding to the news that Danish authorities have signed an agreement with the Rwandan government to enhance cooperation on migration and asylum, potentially to then send asylum-seekers to Rwanda, Amnesty International’s Europe Director, Nils Muižnieks, said:
“Any attempt to transfer asylum-seekers arriving in Denmark to Rwanda for their asylum claims to be processed would be not only unconscionable but potentially unlawful. Denmark cannot deny the right of those arriving in Denmark to seek asylum and transfer them to a third country without the required guarantees.
“These proposals take responsibility-shifting of refugee protection by EU governments to a new low and would set a dangerous precedent in Europe and globally.
“The idea that rich countries can pay their way out of their international obligations, stripping asylum-seekers of their right to even have their claims considered in Denmark, is deeply worrying.”

For more information or arrange an interview, contact Stefan Simanowitz press@amnesty.org or call +44 (0) 20 7413 5566.
Follow @amnestpress / @StefSimanowitz for updates on the Bill reading tomorrow.
Malene Haakansson mhaakansson@amnesty.dk +45 25652075
Urgent Action on Syrians at risk of deportation- https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/eur18/4010/2021/en/
BACKGROUND
On 29 April, the Danish government tabled a Draft Bill to amend the Aliens Act (“Introduction of the possibility to transfer asylum-seekers for adjudication of asylum-claims and accommodation in third countries”). The Bill will be discussed tomorrow at the Danish Parliament.
In 2020 Denmark received 1,515 asylum applications, the lowest number in 20 years. 601 people got a permit to stay.
“This plan comes against the backdrop of the hardening of asylum policies in the country. Almost 400 Syrian refugees are at risk of return to Syria’s warzone after Denmark decided to withdraw their protection status.
https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2021/04/denmark-hundreds-of-refugees-must-not-be-illegally-forced-back-to-syrian-warzone/

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