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Will Ross
Africa editor, BBC World Service Rwanda has received 91 refugees and asylum seekers from Libya under a programme supported by the UN's refugee agency, African Union and European Union.
Botswana's President Mokgweetsi Masisi has criticised proposed legislation in Britain to ban the import of trophies from hunted endangered animals, including elephant tusks. They include 38 Sudanese, 33 Eritreans, 11 Somali, seven Ethiopians and two South Sudanese.
The British government says the ban will play an important role in protecting threatened wildlife. The refugees and asylum seekers were evacuated under the Emergency Transit Mechanism programme, which has seen 2,150 refugees sent to Rwanda from Libya since 2019.
But Mr Masisi defended trophy hunting as a means of controlling the population of elephants, describing UK plans to ban it as "condescending" and "colonial conquest". Out of these,1,600 have gone on to resettle in the US and across Europe.
He said there had been no attempt to understand the impact a ban would have on his country. "Rwanda remains committed to offering
The Botswana leader described the move as hypocritical as Britain allows the hunting of stags and export of their antlers. refuge to people in need," the
A moratorium on hunting was lifted in Botswana in 2019. country's emergency management ministry said on Thursday.
The southern African country says with an elephant population of more than 130,000, there has been an increase in cases of conflict with humans. The arrival of the refugees and asylum seekers comes as the UK
attempts to pass new legislation that would allow it to send some asylum
seekers to Rwanda, pending the processing of their claims.
The UK Supreme Court had earlier squashed the plan, terming it unlawful.
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