Conservative Prime Minister Rishi Sunak hopes to be able to implement the bill before the general election scheduled for this year.
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A highly controversial policy. The British government’s bill to deport refugees who arrived illegally in the UK to Rwanda is “incompatible” with the country’s human rights obligations, a British parliamentary committee alerted on Monday February 12. This commission is made up of 12 members, Labor and Conservatives from both houses of Parliament.
The bill was drafted in response to the British Supreme Court, which ruled it illegal to send migrants to Rwanda, ruling that the country could not be considered safe for them. Backed by a new treaty between London and Kigali, the text defines Rwanda as a safe third country and prevents the return of migrants to their countries of origin.
A project that divides among conservatives
The committee is particularly concerned about “the obligation for the courts to consider Rwanda as a ‘safe’ country and the limitation of access to the courts to appeal decisions”. Furthermore, it is not “not clear” that migrants deported to Rwanda can have “warranty” not to be sent to a country where they could be persecuted.
“If the UK adopts legislation that fails to meet its own international human rights commitments, it will seriously damage its ability to influence other countries to respect international law.”she writes again in this report.
The project divides even within the conservative party, with elected officials having criticized the text, while others have called for tougher measures. Conservative Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has made this project the basis of his policy to combat illegal immigration and hopes to be able to implement it before the legislative elections scheduled for this year. In mid-January, he called it “urgent national priority”.