The British flight that was due to leave for Rwanda at 10:30 p.m. (local time) on Tuesday to bring asylum seekers there is not leaving for the time being. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has prevented the deportation of seven people.
The ECHR has prevented the deportation of refugees from the UK to Rwanda following an emergency procedure requested by an Iraqi migrant. The judge ruled that the safety of people in the African country could not be guaranteed. This was reported by the charity Care4Calais on Tuesday night.
Seven people unwanted by London were scheduled to be taken to Rwanda. The court ruling resulted in the cancellation of the entire flight.
Care4Calais was the first to report that the ECHR had ended the departure of only the Iraqi migrant. “That means it’s now also possible for the other six to claim something like this. We’re very relieved.”
The ECHR upheld that verdict. The Iraqi is allowed to stay another three weeks. A few hours later it became clear that the other six people would not be sent to Rwanda. A British government official said the departure was postponed.
Prime Minister Johnson still thinks the original plan is ‘wise’
The United Kingdom signed an agreement with Rwanda in April to receive illegal immigrants and asylum seekers in the African country in exchange for a fee. The plan sparked a storm of protest. Human rights activists tried to prevent its implementation through the British courts, but were unable to do so.
With this measure, the London government wants to prevent immigrants from France from making the dangerous journey to England. This often happens on dilapidated boats with the help of human traffickers.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed disappointment at what he called “legal attempts to undermine safe routes for asylum seekers”. The British plan was “sensible,” he said.
Johnson hinted that the UK is looking at ways to implement the plan. “Will some laws need to be changed to move forward? It very well could be, and all of these options are under constant review.”
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