According to protesters, the government’s intention to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda is “irrational” and “illegal.” 

Several organisations have threatened to challenge the Home Office in court over the policy, which would offer those considered to have entered the UK unlawfully a one-way ticket to the East African country.

According to protesters, the government’s intention to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda is “irrational” and “illegal.” 

Around 100 individuals are said to be on the verge of being deported to Rwanda, but the first planes aren’t expected to arrive until at least June 6.

Freedom from Torture stated in a pre-action letter to the department that it was putting into question comments by ministers and officials that Rwanda was normally a safe place, and that the policy was “unlawful on the basis of apparent pre-determination or bias.”

Removing asylum seekers to Rwanda, according to the organisation, is beyond Home Secretary Priti Patel’s legal power since “it is contrary to the Refugee Convention to enforce such removals where… Rwanda will not uphold the full set of obligations owed under the Convention to those transferred.”

Removing asylum seekers to Rwanda, according to the organisation, is beyond Home Secretary Priti Patel's legal power

“To expel torture survivors and other vulnerable asylum seekers who are in need of sanctuary and support is immoral in the extreme,” said Sonya Sceats, adding, “We are seeing strong public support for legal action to ensure this Governmenttreats refugees with basic dignity.”

A crowdsourcing campaign to pay the legal bills has so far garnered over £50,000.

“A policy which raises such a’shopping list’ of potential illegality and poses such a risk to individuals should plainly not be enforced until its lawfulness has been properly tested,” Carolin Ott, one of the Leigh Day attorneys representing the organisation, said.

Although an evaluation conducted before the deal revealed “some concerns with its human rights record around political opposition to the current regime, dissent, and free speech,” Home Office policy said that Rwanda is “a safe country to relocate people to.”

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