According to the new UN human rights head, history shows that the Rwanda plan won't succeed, and the UK must rethink.

According to the new UN human rights head, history shows that the Rwanda plan won’t succeed, and the UK must rethink.

The new UN human rights director has cautioned that history has shown that offshore asylum seekers may result in “deeply inhumane” treatment.

Volker Türk, the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, encouraged the government to reconsider its contentious Rwanda plan.

Following a High Court decision on Monday that upheld the legality of the contentious proposal to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda, he said that the British government should “absolutely” reassess its strategy.

The decision startled human rights and refugee organisations, who argued that the Rwanda model would neither stop small boat crossings or protect refugees.

Speaking from Geneva, Mr. Türk said that “certainly…it’s not common sense” and urged the government to be more diplomatic about “illegal” migration.

He said that he had very serious doubts that the Rwanda plan would safeguard those seeking refuge while discouraging others who do not.

Mr. Türk cited violations of human rights in Australia’s offshore detention facilities in Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island and Nauru.

“The way that asylum seekers were treated in Nauru and Manus was deeply, deeply inhumane,” Türk told the Guardian.

Any comparison with Australia’s programme is rejected by the Home Office.

The approach prohibits detention or indefinite custody of asylum seekers, and it also prevents the UK from reviewing their claims.

Rwanda’s leadership has asserted time and time again that it is a safe, secure nation with a history of helping asylum seekers.

An array of objections to both individual removals and the strategy as a whole caused the first deportation flight, which was scheduled to depart on June 14, to be cancelled.

Flights won’t be able to take off until at least next year if Monday’s decision isn’t upheld in the Court of Appeal or Supreme Court.

Home Secretary Suella Braverman said that “everything is on the table” on Wednesday and did not rule out the possibility of utilising abandoned cruise ships to host asylum seekers.