UK-Rwanda deportations ruled unlawful
The Court of Appeal has judged the Conservative Government’s immigration plan to relocate migrants to Rwanda as unlawful. Three judges overturned a High Court ruling on Thursday, June 29, that previously said Rwanda could be considered a “safe third country”.
Lord Chief Justice, Lord Burnett, said: “The High Court’s decision that Rwanda is a safe third country is reversed. Unless and until the deficiencies in its asylum processes are corrected, removal of asylum seekers to Rwanda will be unlawful.”
The scheme, which was announced last spring, forms part of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s migration policy which hopes to cut the number of asylum seekers arriving in Britain.
The move is a blow to Mr Sunak and Home Secretary Suella Braverman but it is expected that the ruling will be challenged in the Supreme Court.
Speaking after the ruling, senior Tory MP Simon Clarke said: “This is a deeply disappointing ruling in the face of the clear will of Parliament. We have to be able to tackle the awful people smuggling across the Channel. If the ECHR continues to forestall this, we have to revisit the question of our membership.”
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Following the ruling, Rwanda’s Government has said it “takes issue” with their country being unsafe. Yolande Makolo, spokesperson for the Government of Rwanda, said: “While this is ultimately a decision for the UK’s judicial system, we do take issue with the ruling that Rwanda is not a safe country for asylum seekers and refugees.
“Rwanda is one of the safest countries in the world and we have been recognised by the UNHCR and other international institutions for our exemplary treatment of refugees.”
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