During today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva,UNHCR spokesperson Cécile Pouilly has put a blame on Rwandan police forces after five refugees tragically died in food protest in Karongi district,Western Rwanda.
Pouilly says it is a shock for the loss of lives of refugees through both unacceptable means and the incident that should have been avoided.
“This tragedy should have been avoided and disproportionate use of force against desperate refugees is not acceptable”Pouilly says
“We are shocked and disturbed at loss of refugee lives, we regret that our continued appeals for maintaining calm and restraint were not considered” Pouilly added
Meanwhile, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency has urged authorities in Rwanda to ensure safety and protection for refugees after protests resulted into the injury of 20 including 5 members of the police force on Thursday.
Around 700 Congolese refugees from Kiziba refugee camp were demonstrating outside the UNHCR field since February 20 for food ratio cuts.
Police were reported to have used teargas to disperse the protestors, after attempts to resolve the situation had failed. Clashes were reported before the police fired shots at angry protestors.
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