London. As it tightens asylum laws, the conservative British government wants to keep almost all migrants who arrive illegally in accommodation such as military bases or student residences. After that, people should be expelled to Rwanda or other countries. They should be denied the right to seek asylum. “The boats bringing tens of thousands of people to our shores will be stopped,” said Home Secretary Soella Braverman, who presented the new law to the House of Commons in London on Tuesday.
That’s enough,” Prime Minister Rishi Sunak wrote in a guest post on the Sun tabloid. “This law will send a clear signal that anyone who enters this country illegally will be deported.” In fact, there are very few legal ways to get to the UK for people arriving in the UK on inflatable boats.
The newspaper said, quoting government sources, that the government should expect the plan to end up in court. “We have pushed the boundaries of international law to solve this crisis,” Interior Minister Braverman told the newspaper.
The court has suspended deportation flights to Rwanda
Britain has already signed a controversial agreement with Rwanda and paid the country £140m (currently €158m) for it. Migrants must apply for asylum in the African country and – if granted – can live there. Return to Great Britain is not planned. Since the European Court of Human Rights intervened last June, there have still been no deportation flights from Great Britain to Rwanda.
Then and now there has been sharp criticism from the opposition and human rights activists: the British Refugee Council has criticized its obligation under the UN Refugee Convention to give people a fair hearing regardless of their route of arrival. Labor leader Keir Starmer questioned whether the plans would be legal. He urged respect for international obligations. Amnesty International UK also criticized the UK for failing to take responsibility.
The heir to the throne at the time, Prince Charles, now King Charles III, is said to have expressed horror at the deportations planned last year. The European Court of Human Rights is part of the Council of Europe. Bodies independent of the European Union work together to protect human rights in the 46 member states. (apa, dpa)
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