EU human rights court freezes UK-Rwanda migration deal

The European court of human rights on Tuesday issued last-minute court orders to stop the deportation of asylum seekers from the UK to Rwanda, Al Jazeera reported. The precautionary measure prevented the first flight from leaving for Rwanda. The plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda had been heavily criticized by opponents, charities and religious leaders who described the act as inhumane, forcing the government to face a series of legal challenges in London courts aimed at stopping the departure. of the flight. According to Al Jazeera, a handful of asylum seekers were scheduled to fly from an air force base in south-west England, but shortly before the plane left on Tuesday, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) granted court orders to prevent your deportation. “I have always said that this policy will not be easy to adhere to and I am disappointed that the legal challenge and last-minute claims have prevented today’s flight from leaving,” UK Home Secretary Priti Patel was quoted as saying. Al Jazeera. “It is very surprising that the European Court of Human Rights has intervened despite previous repeated successes in our national courts,” said Ms. Patel. The Home Secretary said the government would not be deterred from its deportation plans and would prepare for the next flight. In recent days, at least 30 people destined for the first flight have successfully argued that they should not be deported to Rwanda on health or human rights grounds. The European Court of Human Rights ruling relating to one of the men to be deported, an Iraqi, stated that he “should not be expelled until the expiration of a period of three weeks from the issuance of the final internal decision in the ongoing judicial review process. The High Court in London will carry out this judicial review in July to decide on the legality of the scheme. “Last ticket cancelled. NO ONE IS GOING TO RWANDA,” charity Care4Calais, which had launched legal action on behalf of several refugees, said on Twitter. The government says the 120 million pound ($144 million) deal struck with Rwanda to accept UK asylum seekers will undermine the business model of people-smuggling networks. UK judges on Monday rejected an appeal against the deportations. Those to be deported include Albanians, Iraqis, Iranians and a Syrian, Care4Calais said. UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi had earlier denounced the UK government’s policy as “completely wrong” and said it should not “export its responsibility to another country”. Church of England leaders, including Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, also criticized the deportation plan as “one that should shame us as a nation.” “Our Christian heritage should inspire us to treat asylum seekers with compassion, fairness and justice, as we have done for centuries,” Welby and 24 other bishops wrote in the Times newspaper on Tuesday. “This immoral policy shames Britain.” The UK government insists the policy is necessary to stem a spate of too often deadly Channel crossings from France by refugees and migrants. “It is very important that the criminal gangs who are putting people’s lives at risk in the Canal understand that their business model is going to break,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson told LBC radio on Monday. “They are falsely selling people, luring them into something that is extremely risky and criminal.” Under the Kigali deal, anyone who lands in the UK illegally can be given a one-way ticket for processing and resettlement in Rwanda. The UK government says genuine asylum seekers should be content to stay in France. Contradicting the UN refugee agency, the UK government insists that Rwanda is a safe destination with the capacity to possibly absorb tens of thousands of UK-bound applicants in the future. According to UNHCR, although Rwanda has generously provided a safe haven for refugees fleeing conflict and persecution for decades, most live in camps with limited access to economic opportunity. Doris Uwicyeza, senior technical adviser at the Rwandan Justice Ministry, has rejected criticism of the human rights record of the government of President Paul Kagame, which is hosting a Commonwealth summit this month attended by Prince Charles and Boris Johnson. The Rwandan genocide in 1994 made him particularly vigilant about “protecting anyone from hate speech and discrimination”, including homosexuals, he told LBC radio. Human Rights Watch issued a public letter warning that “serious human rights abuses continue to be committed in Rwanda, including repression of freedom of expression, arbitrary detention, ill-treatment and torture.” Chiamaka Okafor is a reporter for Premium Times in collaboration with report to the worldthat unites local newsrooms with talented emerging journalists to report on hidden topics around the world. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; EU human rights court freezes UK-Rwanda migration deal