A Boeing 767 was parked last night waiting to take off for Rwanda at the Royal Air Force base in Boscombe Down, 130 kilometers from London. Several police units were monitoring the area, in the English county of Wiltshire. After a last day of appeals in the courts of those who tried to avoid being deported, the number of those who were finally to board the plane was significantly lower than initially anticipated. If at first the government of the United Kingdom anticipated a shipment of 150 irregulars, there were seven, according to the British media, those who should have been on board a flight that has cost 600 million euros. Nonsense that does not solve the problem at all. That same Tuesday, 300 without papers arrived at the port of Dover in boats. On Monday it had been more than a hundred.
The government of Boris Johnson made it clear that the number of expelled did not matter. The flight, which at the close of this edition had not yet taken off due to legal problems, had to leave at all costs as a dissuasive example, to discourage the networks that organize the human traffic in the English Channel. “It has been enormously difficult to find a way to do it that is humane. It is not reasonable to try to send the boats back when they are detected in the English Channel, these are very dangerous waters, we have to work in a humane and compassionate way, because it is the right thing to do, but at the same time we must break the way in which the gangs,” Johnson said at the start of the cabinet meeting.
Despite huge controversy and legal difficulties, Johnson is willing to go ahead with plans to deportation to the African country. “We think we have established a proper partnership with Rwanda. And yes, it may take a while for it to work properly, but that doesn’t mean it won’t continue.” The Prime Minister charged against the lawyers who are trying to stop the deportations and accused them of “complicity in the work of the criminal gangs. With that they undermine trust in the legal system.”
When asked if, given the legal obstacles, it would not be time for the United Kingdom to leave the European Convention on Human RightsJohnson did not rule out such a possibility. “Would it be necessary to change some laws to help us move forward? Could be like this. All options are under constant review, ”was his response. That decision would be even more drastic and controversial, but the trial balloon is already launched.
The criticism that the policy of forceful expulsion of individuals has provoked, who in many cases come asking for asylum, fleeing countries at war, where they have suffered persecution and violence, leave Johnson cold and divide the British. 44% believe it is a good idea, 40% oppose it.
In a letter to The Times newspaper, the 23 bishops of the Church of England with a seat in the House of Lords, led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of York, described “immoral” a plan “That puts Britain to shame.” “Those deported to Rwanda have no chance to appeal or to be reunited with their family in Britain. His asylum request, recognition of his medical condition or other needs have not been taken into consideration.” The same newspaper echoed the weekend of a private comment from the Prince carlos describing the new immigration practice as “horrible”. Johnson denied that the comment was true but no Palace source has denied it.
The agreement with the Rwandan government was reached last April and at that time the Prime Minister announced that they will be sent to that country, “tens of thousands” of irregulars in the coming years. The scheme will apply to men without family, who enter illegally in boats or trucks. Those expelled will not be able to return to the UK. Yours, it has been specified, will be “a one-way ticket”, unless the supreme court decide otherwise in the coming weeks, after a still pending in-depth review of the government’s scheme. United Nations It has also warned that this policy violates the “spirit of the letter” of the international obligations of the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees, by shifting the responsibility of asylum seekers to another country.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.