05/12/2023 – 12:07
The United Kingdom and Rwanda signed a new deal this Tuesday (5) in an attempt to revive London’s controversial plan to relocate migrants to the African country, three weeks after the previous plan was rejected.
London is trying to save this symbolic measure of policy against illegal immigration after the UK Supreme Court rejected the first draft in mid-November.
The new agreement was signed in Kigali by Rwandan Foreign Minister Vincent Pruda and British Home Secretary James Cleverley.
“We believe we have a role in this illegal immigration crisis because we sought this partnership with the United Kingdom,” Bruta said at a press conference in which he smartly announced that he “felt great admiration for the Rwandan government. It received a lot of criticism.”
It was pointed out earlier in response to a statement by the Ministry of Interior that the new agreement “will respond to the concerns of the Supreme Court, in particular, guaranteeing that those transferred under the Rwanda Partnership will not be deported to another country”. Major concerns of British judges.
Following the Supreme Court ruling, James brilliantly promised that a “legally binding agreement” would be signed with Kigali to guarantee the fate of migrants deported from the UK.
“The creation of a joint court with Rwandan and British judges in Kigali to ensure the safety of migrants and ensure that no migrants sent to Rwanda are deported back to their country,” said Rwandan government deputy spokesperson Alain Muguralinda. “This will ensure that all grievances of migrants are heard,” he continued.
Once signed, the text must be ratified by the British and Rwandan parliaments.
– “Safe Country” –
On November 15, the first proposal in this regard was rejected in the UK Supreme Court.
The judges upheld a lower court ruling that the policy was incompatible with the UK’s international obligations because it could force Rwandan migrants back to places where they could be persecuted.
“Rwanda is clearly a safe country and we are working hard to advance this partnership to stop boats (crossing the English Channel, NDR) and save lives,” said James Cleverley.
London must “open its eyes to the record of human rights abuses in Rwanda, particularly against refugees and asylum seekers”, urged Yasmin Ahmed, the British director of the NGO Human Rights Watch.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has vowed to push for the controversial plan, confirming the new deal “addresses concerns” raised in last month’s Supreme Court ruling.
While details of the new deal are not available, it includes commitments by Rwanda to treat asylum seekers and other migrants sent there, according to British media.
The London government says the Rwanda deal is key to curbing “illegal” immigration across the English Channel from France in inflatable boats.
Nearly 30,000 people have made the perilous journey this year, compared with nearly 46,000 crossings in 2022.
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