Publish dateWednesday 24 April 2024 - 09:49
Story Code : 289277
The plan to deport immigrants to Rwanda was approved by the British Parliament
The British Parliament approved the plan to deport immigrants from this country to Rwanda despite widespread protests by human rights organizations.
Afghan Voice Agency (AVA) - International Service: The British Parliament has approved a very controversial bill aimed at deporting immigrants to Rwanda, and this is for immigrants who have entered the UK illegally, regardless of the point of entry.

This project, which was announced two years ago by the British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's conservative government and presented as a landmark measure in his policy to fight illegal immigration, aims to transfer asylum seekers to Rwanda.

According to Lacroix, the text that was discussed in the British Parliament on Monday, April 22, was in line with the answer to the Supreme Court, which had assessed this text as illegal last November.

This plan defines Rwanda as a safe third country. However, if Rwanda presents itself as one of the most stable countries on the African continent, its president, Paul Kagame, is accused of ruling in an atmosphere of fear, suppression of opposition and freedom of expression.

Britain's House of Lords, where the Conservatives do not have a majority, delayed final approval of the text by constantly sending it to the House of Commons with amendments that were systematically rejected by MPs. A maneuver known as "parliamentary ping pong".

The British legislators wanted Rwanda not to be considered a safe country until an independent monitoring body ensured that Rwanda was safe. They also wanted British agents, allies and employees abroad, including Afghans fighting alongside the British armed forces, to be exempted from deportation to Rwanda.

On Monday, Rishi Sunak assured that his government is ready to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda within 10 to 12 weeks after the law is passed.

The government's bill has been heavily criticized by the Labor Party, migrant aid groups, the head of the Church of England and even the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Turk. The UN special rapporteurs on human trafficking, migrant rights and torture have warned that airlines and authorities facilitating the flights in question may be complicit in human rights abuses.

After reaching a record in 2022 (45,000) and then declining in 2023 (nearly 30,000), the number of people illegally crossing the English Channel by boat has increased by more than 20 percent since the beginning of the year compared to last year.
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