After the cessation of deportation flights: London protests against the court decision

After stopping the deportation flights
London is protesting against the court’s decision

In order to reduce the number of illegal immigrants in the country, the United Kingdom operates deportation flights to Rwanda. The European Court of Human Rights has stopped the project. “Scandalous” is what London calls the stride of European institutions – although the ECtHR is not even part of the EU.

British Home Secretary Priti Patel has sharply criticized the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR )’s intervention in London’s deportation flights to Rwanda. “The opaque operation of this court is absolutely scandalous. That needs to be questioned,” Patel told the Daily Telegraph. He assumes that the decision was “politically motivated”.

This week, the British government wanted to bring asylum seekers who had entered Britain illegally for the first time to Rwanda. To this end, London has signed an agreement with the government in Kigali. People in the East African country are to be accommodated for money to deter other people from trying to cross the English Channel into Great Britain.

The plane was originally supposed to have 130 asylum seekers late on Tuesday night, but their numbers are declining after a series of human rights legal objections. Only a handful of migrants could leave London on Tuesday. These deportations were eventually stopped by the intervention of the Strasbourg ECtHR.

Johnson’s government under pressure

Patel now said in an interview with the newspaper that the government had not been informed of the identity of the responsible judges of the ECtHR. In addition, she could review the full court decision later. Patel’s view that the European Court’s decision has a political dimension fits in with London’s account of the threat to British sovereignty from the European institutions. However, the ECtHR is not part of the European Union from which the United Kingdom withdrew. The Court is a judicial body of the Council of Europe and oversees compliance with the European Convention on Human Rights, co-authored by Britain in 1950.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is under political pressure from a record number of refugees arriving. During the election campaign, he announced a much stricter immigration policy after Brexit. His government is now considering a revision of Britain’s human rights law to facilitate deportation. Until now, this law has been based on the European Convention on Human Rights.

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