UK court rules Sunak's plans to deport migrants to Rwanda illegal | International

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A United Kingdom court of appeal has declared this Wednesday the policy of deportation of immigrants to Rwanda promoted by the Conservative government of Rishi Sunak contrary to the law. “The deficiencies in Rwanda's asylum system are such as to admit that there are strong grounds to believe that there is a real risk that people sent to that country will be returned to their countries of origin and end up suffering persecution or inhumane treatment, when in fact they would have arguments to receive asylum ”, has read the magistrate who presides over the court, Ian Burnett.

The decision represents a serious setback to the new Law on Illegal Immigration promoted by Sunak, which in addition to preventing immigrants who reach the English coasts through the English Channel from the possibility of requesting asylum, included as one of its fundamental pillars the possibility of deporting newcomers to third countries.

The three magistrates, who have expressed a divided ruling – two against one – have debated for four days the appeal of the plaintiffs to the decision adopted in April by the High Court of England and Wales, which upheld the legality of the deportations.

Over the past year, the decision to use Rwanda as a destination for irregular migrants has become more of a political endeavor by Sunak and his interior minister, Suella Braverman, than a practical policy. In fact, he has yet to take off a single plane from the UK to Kigali. On June 14, the European Court of Human Rights grounded, at the last minute, the aircraft that was to launch an immigration strategy described as "cruel" and "inhumane" by several refugee aid organizations and by the Anglican Church of England and its highest authority - below the Supreme Governor of the Church, King Charles III -, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. On board the plane, whose trip was more symbolic than practical, there were half a dozen people who on Wednesday were part of the group of plaintiffs. They came from Vietnam, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan and Albania. All of them had arrived in the United Kingdom after crossing the dangerous waters of the English Channel.

Together with the private plaintiffs, several NGOs and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have acted before the courts, which has provided the bulk of the legal arguments before the magistrates. UNHCR lawyers told the court the full history of human rights abuses by the Kigali government, as well as the common practice of returning migrants expeditiously to their countries of origin.

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