UK suspends asylum seeker flights to Rwanda

The first plane scheduled to transport asylum seekers from Britain to Rwanda was refused to take off at the last minute on Tuesday, wrote among other things. BBC.

Seven people were expected to be sent to the East African country, but the plane was called off after the European Court of Human Rights laid its feet.

The plane was on Tuesday night at the military airport in Wiltshire, ready to take off. It is not clear when the flights will take place.

According to the news agency Sky Newstwo passengers due to be sent to Rwanda have been delayed leaving the UK on Tuesday night after a long time.

The CHR wrote in a ruling that at least one of the asylum seekers, an Iraqi man, should be allowed to stay in the UK, as he may be in danger if he is sent to Rwanda. The UK is a signatory country to the Court, which is separate from the EU.

Initially, 130 asylum seekers will be sent on the first plane. But that number was eventually reduced to seven, before Tuesday’s court decision.

Won’t be hindered

The UK government is disappointed, but will not be “stopped doing the right thing”, Home Secretary Priti Patel said.

In a statement, he said the plan would help destroy the business model of human traffickers and prevent loss of life, while ensuring that the people who really need it are protected.

– It is surprising that the European Court of Human Rights has intervened despite previous success in our domestic courts, said Patel.

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel said the government was not daunted and preparations for the next flight were underway. Photo: Alberto Pezzali / Pool via AP / NTB

– We will not be deterred from doing the right thing and executing plans to control our country’s borders. Our lawyers reviewed all decisions made in relation to this flight, and preparations for the next flight begin now, further stated

subject to criticism

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government, which has pledged to tighten borders after Brexit, has been pressured by the fact that large numbers of migrants have moved from northern France to the country across the English Channel.

More than 10,000 have crossed the canal since the New Year.

An agreement with Rwanda to send asylum seekers there was signed in April, with the aim of scaring migrants and refugees from crossing the canal. In return, Rwanda received several million pounds in development assistance.

It has been heavily criticized by human rights groups and the United Nations. Critics say it is illegal and inhumane to send people to distant countries they do not want to live in.

Additionally, they referred to the human rights situation in Rwanda, where President Paul Kagame has ruled with an iron fist for nearly three decades.

Human Rights Institute has also documented widespread human rights abuses and accused the security forces of arbitrarily imprisoning people and torturing them systematically and in the worst possible way.

The Rwandan government rejected the criticism.

Decision in July?

On Friday, a British judge ruled that Rwanda’s policies should be given an entirely new review, but at the same time sending some asylum seekers to Rwanda while the review was being carried out was not a crime.

The ECHR said on Tuesday that deportations would have to wait until a British court makes a final decision on whether or not the practice is legal. It will happen in July.

This practice is not unique in the UK. Politicians in Denmark and Austria are considering similar plans, while Australia has operated an asylum reception center in the Pacific nation of Nauru since 2012.

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