Amnesty International rejects UK Border Act for “illegally rewriting” refugee concept

Amnesty International (AI) has rejected this Tuesday the entry into force of the new regulations British Border Law. Social organizations assume that, in this way, is “illegally rewritten” refugee concept by complicating the asylum application process. Boris’ government announced two weeks ago that migrants arriving in the country would be deported to Rwanda.

The social entity, in a statement, has denounced the UK law for demanding “unfair” that people seeking refuge—as well as those facing persecution because of their sexual identity or orientation— undergo additional tests.

AI predicts that asylum seekers will be punished and imprisoned

“This is very gloomy day for refugees fleeing conflict and persecution,” lamented Steve Valdez-Symondsdirector of refugee and migrant rights for organizations on UK territory.

According to AI, the law would undermine the country’s commitment to UN Convention on Refugees in 1951. In this way, asylum seekers who access areas without prior permission can sanctioned, imprisoned and will be excluded from their full rightsas predicted by the British legislature.

A new norm after deportation to Rwanda

“That possibility authorities wrongly refused asylum to the many persons who arrived or entered England without prior permission, who in this case would be returned to suffer torture and other forms of abuse“, said the organization.

AI asks to “revoke or change as soon as possible” this rule

Likewise, the group has warned of “legal steps that will make people even more vulnerable to traffickers and abusers.” Therefore, AI asks to “revoke or change” this rule “drastically as quickly as possible.”

Two weeks ago, the same organization claimed Executive Boris Johnson, to “leave ruthless politics” to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda who arrive in the region by ship across the English Channel.

The UK Government’s new move aims to ensure that Rwandan refugee asylum applications processed in Kigali, in the regional capital. Although, Amnesty International is not the only one talking about it. It European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) intervened in the deportation and stopped flights to the same capital.

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