European justice blocks first shipment of migrants from the UK to Rwanda


The government maintains a policy that seeks to ruin the English Channel’s smugglers and receives multiple moral condemnations

The European Court of Human Rights blocked the take-off of the first migrant flight to Rwanda on Tuesday evening, thwarting the British government’s attempts to put in place a policy to send people arriving on Britain’s coasts in exploited boats to Africa. country to be deported by drug gangs.

A debate over the morality and legality of the deportation of immigrants to Rwanda shocked British society on Tuesday, as a Boeing plane owned by Spanish company Privilege Style waited on the tarmac of a military airport in southwest England. Seven passengers would go on the first flight. But in the evening, the Strasbourg court stopped the deportation of one of the passengers, the Iraqi known as KN.

The European court did not believe there was an effective legal mechanism to return to the UK if its appeal to the English courts against deportation to Rwanda was successful. Lawyers for the other six passengers filed new appeals in London, which were accepted. Judges in Strasbourg demand that flights be postponed until British courts assess the legality of government policy.

The aim of the executive branch is to ruin the trafficking of human beings who facilitate the embarkation on the French coast of men, women and children, especially from countries in the Middle East (Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan), on their way to the beaches of the south east england coast. About a hundred were rescued and landed by British patrols near Dover on Tuesday morning.

From January to March of this year, 141 full boats reached the English coast. In 2021, a total of 1,034 arrived. Last week 5 boats with 150 migrants. The previous ones, 20 and 658. The figures from the Ministry of Defence, which has been responsible for intercepting them off the English coast since April, do not offer a set pattern, but do indicate that people smugglers have increased passenger numbers.

The British blame the British and French governments, the lack of control over the borders of the European Union or the disorder of the world for the continuity of the saga that has spawned the fields built around Calais over the past decade. Security was tightened and higher and stronger fences were installed to prevent migrants from sneaking into trains or trucks through the Channel Tunnel.

The former Prime Minister, Theresa May, promoted a “hostile environment” towards immigration, which was sealed by ‘Brexit’. Johnson entrusted the Interior Ministry to Priti Patel, who has been conducting tense and unsuccessful negotiations with her French colleagues to neutralize drug gangs. And it has not persuaded refugees to apply for asylum in the UK from the European countries where they arrive.

In April, he went a step further. It has signed an Immigration and Economic Development Association with the government of Kigali, under which London will pay the costs of shelter, food, aid and five years of training for the integration into the African country of those deported from the United Kingdom. The initial investment is approximately 140 million euros.

The plan is to send those who have not applied for asylum in European countries before boarding the boats and analyze their possible reception as refugees in Rwanda. They can be deported to their country of origin, or to another host country, if they do not meet local requirements. Israel has already pursued a similar policy with Rwanda. Australia with the island of Nauru. Both were abandoned.

The original plan was to transport 130 people, but complaints in British courts alleging violations of the European Convention on Human Rights reduced the list to seven. The three agencies, which saw the request to consider government policy illegal, supported the government’s argument about the “public interest” of its plan. The full judicial review of the policy has been postponed to July.

Prince Charles, who will be in Kigali next week to chair a Commonwealth meeting on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, is said to have described the government’s policy in a private conversation as “appalling”. The 26 bishops of the Church of England who sit in the House of Lords wrote a letter in ‘The Times’ saying the government’s plan “embarrasses the nation”.

The United Nations Refugee Agency has condemned London’s policies as “incompatible in letter and spirit with the 1951 Refugee Convention”. He does not believe that the agreement with Rwanda is “an appropriate transfer system”. It considers it unacceptable that “an attempt is made to evade responsibility for identifying and fulfilling the need for international protection” of refugees.

Charitable organizations have taken their complaint to court, but the three bodies that have heard the case consider the government’s argument about the “public interest” of its plan to be valid. There will be a more extensive judicial review in July. Specialist lawyers have removed their clients from the original list of 130 passengers, invoking the protection of family life in the European Convention on Human Rights.

Johnson is considering the possibility of leaving the Convention, according to ‘The Times’. The immigrants’ lawyers are said to be “accomplices” to the smuggling gangs, according to the prime minister. His battles with the EU and illegal immigration may strengthen cohesion with a significant part of his electorate. Minister Patel stated last night that she immediately started preparations for the next flight.

The annual costs of the asylum policy amount to more than 1,740 million euros per year. The costs per person for processing the asylum application are approximately 14,000 euros. More or less what he is going to pay Rwanda for each deportee. The plan has an initial term of five years. One measure of the results would be the impact on migrant smuggling in the canal.

Source: La Verdad


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