Unions and Unions to Protect Human Rights launched legal action on Wednesday 8 June to try to stop the project they believe “illegalBritish government to send asylum seekers to Rwanda.
Under a highly controversial law that went into effect in April, Britain plans to deport asylum seekers who illegally landed on British soil to Rwanda, more than 6,000 kilometers from London. The first plane carrying migrants to the East African country is scheduled to take off on June 14. PCS, the main association of British civil servants, and the Care4Calais and Detention Action organizations have taken matters to the High Court to attempt to block the implementation of this policy.
,In an attempt to punish asylum seekers by boarding them forcibly taken to Rwanda, (Home Secretary) Priti Patel overstepped her authority.James Wilson, deputy director of Detention Action, said. ,By rushing to implement what we consider to be an illegal policy, it ignores the very obvious dangers and human rights violations that asylum seekers will face.In Rwanda, he said. ,Many arrive in the UK thinking it is a beautiful place that will treat them better than the places they fledAdded Claire Moseley, founder of Care4Calais. ,We consider the project with Rwanda illegal. We hope the courts will agree with us.,
According to lawyers, more than 90 migrants concerned have already started legal remedies to stay in the United Kingdom. Aimed at curbing increasing illegal Channel crossings, the British plan is still heavily criticized by human rights groups, opposition figures in both countries and even the United Nations. Since the beginning of the year, more than 10,000 people have crossed the English Channel in makeshift boats, according to government data compiled by the PA agency. In total last year, 28,500 people made these dangerous crossings, compared to 8,466 in 2020, according to the Interior Ministry. And at this time Prime Minister Boris Johnson had promised to control immigration, one of the key issues of the Brexit campaign.
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