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Britain has the right to send asylum seekers to Rwanda

Britain has the right to send asylum seekers to Rwanda

In April of this year, the UK government announced that it had agreed to an agreement with Rwanda that would give the country the opportunity to move its asylum process there.

Since then, the decision has received criticism from several different quarters, including UNHCR, and has been brought to court by human rights groups Care4Calais and Detention Action along with the trade and public services union and four asylum seekers. who are at risk of being rejected.

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The motion gets the green light in court

According to the government, the controversial proposal was added with the aim of undermining human smuggling through the English Channel.

But in the report, the government’s legal powers to implement the proposal were questioned, as it allegedly contravened human rights, and Interior Minister Petit Patel described Rwanda as a “safe third country”, despite its deficient human rights legislation inconsistent with human rights. It was identified, among other things, by the international human rights organization Human Rights Watch.

With this as background, the appellants consequently sought an injunction to stop existing deportation plans from taking off. But on Friday, came the decision of the Supreme Court: the country has the right to reject asylum seekers to Rwanda.

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“Today was just the beginning”

According to the ruling, the first planes bound for Rwanda could take off from the UK as early as Tuesday, after which around 30 asylum seekers are expected to be deported from the country.

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However, human rights groups have vowed to continue the fight and will appeal to the court on Monday.

– Today was just the beginning of this legal challenge. We believe the next phase of legal action can put an end to this completely barbaric scheme,” Care4Calais founder Claire Mosley said in a statement.

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