An appeal delays Boris Johnson’s new international challenge with Rwanda’s deportation


The Human Rights Court filed an appeal to cripple the British prime minister’s plans to send pending refugees to the African country.

Boeing 767 in charge of eviction at Boscome.
Boeing 767 in charge of eviction at Boscome.getty
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Neither have been able to overcome the blasphemy of Anglican bishops who condemned the plan as “immoral”, nor the UN commissioner’s harsh charge of “violating the fundamental principles of refugees”. boris johnson In his second international challenge of the week Following the Ireland ProtocolDeportation of immigrants pending asylum in Rwanda.

A Spanish charter company, Privilege Style, had the rare privilege of being selected in a Boeing 767 for the controversial inaugural flight of more than 6,000 km to Kigali. Six immigrants (three Iranians, two Iraqi Kurds, one Albanian and one Vietnamese) were on their way. To start tonight, while the other 25 managed to escape the route, at the last minute the Court of Human Rights intervened by filing an appeal to block the eviction of one of those affected.

“Since I found out that I was being deported to Rwanda, it is difficult for me to communicate and be able to eat and I am unable to rest: I would have preferred to die before being transferred there. I am,” was the testimony of a 25-year-old Irani, who appeared before a judge hours before the plane took off, amid desperate attempts to block the plan in court by associations such as Care4Calais, Asylum Aid or Detention Action.

Boris Johnson himself has defended the deportation before his own council of ministers, despite admitting he had received “unexpected” criticism. Prince Charles has come to describe the plan as “horrendous” and 25 bishops – with Arzobispo de Canterbury, Justin Welby, Front – in an open letter to ‘The Times’ has condemned the deportation as a “shame for the United Kingdom”, which should Treat refugees “with compassion and justice” Because of his Christian heritage.

For his part, Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, has assured that the British government-in-exiles in Rwanda represent “Violation of the Fundamentals of Refugees”, Grandi has said the United Nations has made “several suggestions” to London as an option to “simplify and expedite” asylum cases within the framework of justice, including Europeans to share the burden of receiving immigrants. Cooperation with transit countries is involved.

“We have to make a clear distinction between those arriving in the UK by legal means and those doing so through the channel in a dangerous and illegal manner, which we want to avoid,” stressed Boris Johnson, who has criticized the legality of his Interior Secretary Preeti. maneuver to thwart the plan sponsored by Patel.

“The world of lawyers is very good at choosing ways to prevent the government from enforcing what is considered a sensible law”, ‘Premier’ specified. Johnson has also left open Britain likely to pull out of European convention on human rights To reduce legal hurdles: “Some laws may need to be changed along the way, all those options are under consideration.”

A day after launching a challenge to the EU with legislation to unilaterally amend the Irish Protocol, Boris Johnson’s government has returned to the fray with another controversial measure already practiced – and with unequal results. by accompanying governments Australia and Israel.

Facing a barrage of criticism, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has backed Rwanda Plans as “Totally Ethical”, “Those who are immoral are smugglers who deal in human suffering,” he said. “Those who criticize the plan should propose an alternative that works. Our policy is completely legal.”

Despite acknowledging that the first flight will have few crew members, Truss predicts that, by the end of the year, “a significant number of immigrants” who have entered the United Kingdom illegally will be deported. will be given. However, since the controversial announcement, there has been an influx of immigrants crossing the English Channel.

Last Monday, 138 people were washed away in inflatable boats off British shores, and on Tuesday, 400 people, exposed to good weather and rescued by the British Coast Guard, landed in Dover: most of them men, but also twelve children and one woman. was involved. Advanced crisis situation. Pregnancy.

So far this year, more than 10,260 immigrants have crossed the English Channel. This figure is already double that of the previous year, when the year-end was reached. Record 28,000 immigrants, The British government plans to intensify its efforts with a promotional campaign on the social network, warning those who dare cross the Channel that their final destination will be Rwanda. The preventive measure has not yet taken effect.

The British government – which came to consider Albania and the remote island of St Helena as potential destinations for deportation – has finally sealed an agreement with the Rwanda government this year for the implementation of a pilot plan that will last until 2027. Will work. The government is committed to providing housing and assistance for the duration of Kigali asylum applications and to guaranteeing access to education and the labor market for five years if the application is approved. If denied, they face a second deportation, possibly to their home country.

This plan has also received many criticisms on the economic side. The British government will initially contribute around 140 million euros to Rwanda, but some estimates suggest Annual cost in excess of EUR 15,000 per year per immigrant, Labor MP Chris Bryant said it would be “cheaper to have him at the Ritz in London.”

This week only the first flight was estimated at half a million pounds (about 600,000 euros). The Boeing 727 has a capacity of 218 to 269 passengers and was initially going to travel with 130 passengers, reduced to 31 last weekend, and eventually reduced to ten due to legal disputes. The British government has gone so far as to claim that “it would be worth the money” if the plane had traveled with only one passenger.

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