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Rwanda: International Law

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL2919, tabled on 11 October 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which the proposed new Rwandan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Busingye Johnston, upholds international law; whether they intend to accept his diplomatic credentials; and what discussions they will have with the government of Rwanda about upholding international law.

Answered on

25 October 2021

We do not comment on the appointment process for individual Ambassadors or High Commissioners. All applications for agrément for the appointment of Ambassadors and High Commissioners to the UK are considered on a case-by-case basis and a range of factors are taken into account before a decision is made.

The UK has a strong relationship with Rwanda. Our close cooperation and engagement means we can discuss priority issues and shared concerns, including for example human rights, the Commonwealth, climate and building back from COVID-19. We continue to urge Rwanda, as a member of the Commonwealth, and future Chair-in-Office, to uphold international law and to respect and champion Commonwealth values of democracy, rule of law, and human rights.