The UK considers leaving the Human Rights Convention

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Boris Johnson’s government, furious at the last-minute cancellation of the first flight to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda at the behest of the Strasbourg Court, contemplates abandoning the European Convention on Human Rights to have a free hand in its controversial immigration policy .

The British Home Secretary, Priti Patel, admitted her government’s irritation at the intervention of the judges of the European Court of Human Rights, and defiantly assured that “we have already begun to prepare the next flight to Rwanda”. The plane that was grounded on Tuesday night had been hired for around 600,000 euros from the private Spanish company Privilege Style, based in Palma (Mallorca) and operating from Barajas airport. It is frequently used by Spanish league football teams for travel, and has also been occasionally outsourced by airlines such as Finnair and Norwegian when they have had problems operating certain routes with their planes.

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The British Home Secretary highlights the “2,000 million euros a year that illegal immigration costs” to the United Kingdom

The company has been heavily criticized by NGOs and human rights groups for operating deportation flights for immigrants, from Germany to Afghanistan and from the UK to Jamaica, allegedly with the feet of asylum seekers tied with chains as in the old days. the slaves.

The exorbitant cost of the canceled flight to Rwanda is a source of scandal in the United Kingdom, especially when it did not even take off. Speaking in the Commons, Minister Patel said it is a “negligible amount compared to the €2bn a year that illegal immigration costs the UK for accommodation and other assistance”.

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The Strasbourg Court is a completely different entity from the Court of Justice of the European Union (which deals, for example, with Brexit disputes) and ensures compliance with the Human Rights Convention approved after the Second World War, and elaborated in its mostly by British lawyers and officials. If London decided to abandon her as a Johnson threat, she would follow in the footsteps of Belarus and the Greece of the colonels after the military coup (and possibly Russia after the invasion of Ukraine).

Downing Street says the deportations to Rwanda are aimed at reducing illegal immigration across the English Channel. On Tuesday alone, 440 asylum seekers arrived by boat.


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