UK granted permission to challenge Court of Appeal ruling on deportation of asylum seekers to Rwanda

By Jane Babirye
On 14 July 2023 at 04:23

The United Kingdom (UK) Home Secretary, Suella Braverman has affirmed that her country will stick to its policy to send migrants and asylum seekers to Rwanda. Braverman made the disclosure following the permission granted to the UK to challenge a recent ruling against the policy at the Supreme Court.

The development comes after the UK Court of Appeal declared the deal to deport migrants and asylum seekers to Rwanda as illegal and labeled Rwanda as an unsafe country.

The Independent, a UK-based media outlet, has reported that Home Secretary Braverman said she "respectfully disagrees" with the judgment and the government intends to present "robust arguments" in defense of the Migration and Economic Development Policy.

Braverman has also defended the "robust assurances" provided by the Rwandan government, assuring that asylum seekers from the UK would be offered a safe and fair process.

"I absolutely believe this policy is lawful, and both the High Court and Court of Appeal have unanimously stated that relocating asylum seekers to a safe third country can be done in line with the Refugee Convention," she added.

At the end of June 2023, the Court of Appeal issued a ruling against the policy, prompting UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to affirm continued support for the deportation of asylum seekers to Rwanda.

Sunak rejected the notion that the plan is a "gamble" and instead asserted that the government will vigorously challenge the court’s decision.

The Court of Appeal’s ruling contradicted a previous decision by the High Court in December 2022, which had deemed the deportation plan lawful and in accordance with the refugee convention.

The plan, known as the "Migration and Economic Development Partnership," was established in April 2022 to facilitate the transfer of migrants and asylum seekers illegally present in the UK to Rwanda.

The implementation of the plan faced delays when organizations advocating for migrants’ rights filed a complaint, leading to the Court of Appeal reviewing the case and subsequently ruling against the deportation of asylum seekers to Rwanda.

Despite the court’s decision, Sunak and Braverman have consistently defended the deportation plan, highlighting Rwanda’s successful management of the refugee and migrant crisis.

Braverman has also defended assurances provided by the Government of Rwanda, assuring that asylum seekers from the UK would be offered a safe and fair process.