The decision of the European Court of Human Rights to end the British scheme to receive migrants in Rwanda for the time being is “outrageous”. So said Priti Patel, the British Home Secretary, in the Telegraph. Patel questions the court’s rationale and finds the method “opaque”.
In April, the UK signed an agreement with Rwanda to receive illegal immigrants and asylum seekers in the African country for a fee. London wants to use this measure, among other things, to prevent migrants from France from crossing dangerously into England, often in rickety boats with the help of people-smugglers.
The plan sparked a storm of protests and failed attempts by human rights activists to block flights through the courts. On Tuesday, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the UK should not be allowed to bring people to Rwanda.
On Tuesday, seven undesirables are due to be brought to Africa by London. A government official said the departure had been postponed. Initially 130 people were going to Rwanda, but this number has been significantly reduced due to legal disputes, among other things.
“The mysterious manner in which this court has acted is outrageous,” Foreign Minister Patel said in a statement. According to her, the court had not made such a ruling before. “It makes you question the motive and the lack of transparency.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson also expressed disappointment at what he called “legal attempts to undermine safe routes for asylum seekers” and called the British plan “reasonable”. He hinted that the UK was looking for ways to implement the plan.
After the decision of the European Court of Human Rights, within Johnson’s conservative party, there were votes to withdraw the United Kingdom from the European Convention on Human Rights. However, Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab said on Thursday that the government had no intention of doing so. Raab did not state that the court exceeded its powers by blocking “Plan Rwanda”.
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