Monday, July 4

Migrants. UK denounces “opaque” ECHR decision on Rwanda

The decision of the European Court of Human Rights to block the deportation to Rwanda of asylum seekers arriving in the United Kingdom is “absolutely scandalous” and was taken in an “opaque” manner, hammered home this Saturday. British Home Secretary Priti Patel.

Tuesday evening, a plane specially chartered for hundreds of thousands of euros was ready to take off from an English military base, when the ECHR, the jurisdiction of the Council of Europe ensuring compliance with the European Convention on Human Rights , expressed his opposition, inflicting a setback on the government.

Was it politically motivated? I think so, absolutely

“We must look at the reasons” for this decision, said Ms Patel at The Telegraph newspaper Saturday. “How and why did they make this decision? Was it politically motivated? I think so, absolutely. »

“The opaque way in which this tribunal has operated is absolutely outrageous,” she said. “We don’t know who the judges are, we don’t know the panel (of judges), we haven’t received a judgment,” she added.

The Court based in Strasbourg (in France) considered that the British justice should examine in detail the legality of the device, which is planned for July, before deporting migrants.

The blocking of the plane which was to transport asylum seekers to Rwanda, within the framework of a controversial policy and criticized by human rights associations, intervened after multiple individual legal challenges which proved right to migrants.

By wanting to discharge its responsibility of receiving asylum seekers and sending them more than 6,000 kilometers from London, the British government claims to curb illegal crossings of the Channel, which continue to increase despite repeated promises to control immigration since Brexit. More than 11,000 people have made the perilous crossing since the beginning of the year.

London wants to continue its strategy

Despite the decision of the ECHR, the government has expressed its determination to pursue its strategy.

The Home Office also launched a 12-month pilot project on Wednesday to electronically monitor migrants arriving in the UK through “unnecessary and dangerous” routes. They will have to report regularly to the authorities, could be subject to a curfew and detained or prosecuted if they fail to do so.

According to the BBC on Saturday, the first migrants to be monitored in this way could be asylum seekers who should have been on the aborted flight to Rwanda.

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