On Thursday 29 June, British Justice announced the controversial plan to deport Rwandans who arrived illegally in the UK because there were no guarantees of their safety. This decision upsets the government, which has announced that it wants to file a case with the Supreme Court.
The Court of Appeal decided that Rwanda It cannot be considered a “safe third country” because there is a “real risk that people sent to Rwanda will be returned to their countries of origin where they have been subjected to persecution and other inhumane treatment”.
The Court of Appeal ruled that any deportation to Rwanda would constitute a “violation” of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which states that “no one shall harm or torture any person”. The decision undermined the government’s controversial project, which wanted people who had arrived illegally in the UK to be deported back to Rwanda.
Sending asylum seekers to Rwanda would be illegal.
“Unless and until deficiencies in the asylum procedure are corrected, sending asylum seekers to Rwanda would be unlawful,” the court said in its ruling summary.
British Prime Minister Rishi SunakHe said he “fundamentally disagrees” with this decision and announced that his government would seek leave to appeal to the Supreme Court.
“This government’s policy is very simple,” he said in a statement. “This country and your government should decide who comes here, not the bad guys.”
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