Update and videoThe first flight to bring migrants from the UK to Rwanda tonight was canceled due to a last-minute intervention by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). It ruled that there was a “real risk of irreversible harm” to the asylum seekers in question.
A Boeing 767-300 of the franchise was reported to be on standby at Stansd today. Pending recent attempts by lawyers at a London court to keep illegal immigrants off the flight, it wasn’t clear until the last minute whether the pilot could set his course for East Africa. The British government wants to accommodate the boat passengers in Rwanda and the first voyage is scheduled to start tonight.
Secretary of State Liz Truss spoke confidently this morning. Even if there is only one passenger on board, the plane will make a 6,500-kilometre flight to Kigali. She said the British government’s plan to stop people smugglers could not be delayed. The crossing of refugees in inflatable boats from France to Dover had to stop.
Of the 132 designated immigrants, only seven were left on the day of departure. The courts recognized that the British authorities had violated human rights. In other cases, lawyers were able to establish that their clients were “contemporary slaves”. By mid-evening, four appeals had been rejected, and it appeared that at least four immigrants would make the journey.
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A ruling by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg sparked a last-minute legal battle. The court confirmed around 8:40 pm that it had prevented the deportation of one of the seven migrants. He was an Iraqi asylum seeker. A British sit-in judge (on duty outside office hours) investigated the remaining six cases.
According to a government source, who asked not to be named, the flight will not depart on Tuesday evening. According to the latest information, only one of these six migrants was left for deportation. The Human Rights Court has prevented two other people from being sent to Rwanda. The ticket for two more people has been cancelled. Relief organization Care4Calais reported on Twitter that only one left.” A little later: “The last ticket has also been cancelled. Nobody goes to Rwanda.
Truss refused to specify an amount for the flight, but according to rough estimates, the costs of renting the plane are 600 thousand euros.
Politics is very sensitive in the UK. Prince Charles sent Al Watan newspaper through the palace times She finds the deportations to Rwanda “appalling”. In the same newspaper, the Anglican Church opposed the “immoral” decision in an open letter. Religious leaders wrote: “Our Christian heritage should inspire us to deal with refugees with compassion, fairness and justice, as we have done for centuries.”
Our Christian heritage should inspire us to deal with refugees with compassion, fairness and justice, as we have done for centuries
Prime Minister Boris Johnson says otherwise. Anyone who opposes the controversial method supports the criminal organizations that, this year alone, crammed 10,131 people into rickety boats in exchange for huge payments. Critics, including customs officials, understand that the flights to Kigali are a populist act of a government in distress. Johnson wants to win back the right-wing voter after various scandals.
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Immigration drove the EU referendum in 2016. The so-called leave camp, which united Brexit supporters, promised to keep the borders sealed. The constant flow of images of refugees crossing the canal creates an image of ED. By pushing the trip to Rwanda, Johnson wants to make a statement.
By signing a memorandum of understanding – not a treaty – with Rwanda, Johnson is bypassing Parliament. The British Senate, which has 23 Anglican bishops, wants to investigate whether the plan, however, conflicts with international agreements. The Supreme Court gave Johnson the benefit of the doubt yesterday afternoon. The plane was allowed to take off, on the condition that the deportees could return if the plan was found to be in violation of the law.
Pilot for five years
Rwanda will receive approximately €200 million from the UK for the pilot for a five-year period. This amount can be collected if the process goes smoothly. In the country, which the United Nations has described as unsafe, refugees are coming to hostels. If they are granted asylum, they are allowed to work and study. Minister Truss did not deter the legal setback. She promised that flights to Kigali would be full before the end of the year.
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