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UK judge allows first flight sending asylum-seekers to Rwanda to go ahead

By IGIHE
On 11 juin 2022 at 12:47

The United Kingdom’s controversial plan to send asylum-seekers to Rwanda as early as next week was green-lit on Friday, after the High Court in London denied an injunction to block the first flight, CNN has reported.

Britain’s government announced in April that it had agreed a deal to send asylum-seekers to the East African country, in a move that it insisted was aimed at disrupting people-smuggling networks and deterring migrants from making the dangerous Channel crossing to England from Europe.

A challenge to block the deportation flights was brought by human rights groups Care4Calais and Detention Action, along with the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), a trade union representing civil servants in Britain’s Home Office, and some asylum-seekers facing deportation to Rwanda. They claimed UK Home Secretary Priti Patel’s policy was "unlawful on multiple bases," and sought an injunction to stop the plane from taking off.

The claimants also challenged Patel’s legal authority to carry out the removals, the rationality of her claim that Rwanda is generally a "safe third country".

But Justice Swift rejected the campaigner’s urgent injunction at London’s Royal Courts of Justice on Friday, saying on the "balance of convenience" there was a "material public interest" in allowing the flights to go ahead while the judicial review was ongoing.

Both Patel and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed the court’s decision on Friday. "We cannot allow people traffickers to put lives at risk and our world leading partnership will help break the business model of these ruthless criminals," Johnson said on Twitter.

Source : CNN


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