– The refugees die on the beach, but Sunak wants to carry out his plans
Critics are calling for an end to asylum denials. But the government in London is also considering withdrawing from the European Convention on Human Rights.
The deaths of at least six Afghan refugees across the English Channel over the weekend have sparked some violent reactions in Britain. Charities and outraged commentators accused the government of pursuing an all-out “inhumane” strategy with its uncompromising anti-asylum stance. Doubts about the sense of the policy are also growing in the Tory party.
Afghan refugees and other asylum seekers were trying to travel from Sangthe in France to Dover in England in the early hours of Saturday when a small, fully-packed boat capsized. Dozens of people were taken to a clinic in Calais. Others were taken to Dover. Six dead people were rescued. Two refugees are still missing.
Entry must be pre-authorized
Britain’s Home Secretary Suella Braverman spoke of the “tragic” incident. The British Refugee Council, on the other hand, agreed with many aid organizations that there were deaths with a different policy in London. can be prevented: “We know that people are risking their lives to cross the Channel because the number of safe routes is so few and so inefficient.”
Asylum seekers can currently only “legally” go through official channels After prior approval Come to England. This is the case with Ukrainian refugees, for example. “Unregistered” Afghans and citizens of other countries where people are leaving are not granted free access to the British Isles. They are classified as illegal immigrants.
Critics of the British government view the treatment of asylum seekers as completely unacceptable. Not only do they want their country to be more accepting, but also the ability for British authorities to consider asylum applications in France so that accepted applicants can travel safely to England rather than on unseaworthy boats across the Channel.
“Instead of opening such channels and treating asylum seekers compassionately and fairly, the government has enacted draconian and ineffective new laws that slam the door in the faces of vulnerable men, women and children,” the Refugee Council complained.
Deportation to Rwanda was planned
From the end of June, people who enter the country “illegally” will not have the right to apply for asylum after arriving in the UK. There is for all of you Any right to asylum is forfeited, to be detained indefinitely and, by law, extradited to countries like Rwanda in Africa once the courts allow it. Now extradited to Rwanda By the Supreme Court of AppealWith reference to the European Convention on Human Rights.
Government sources are already considering withdrawing from the human rights convention – even though Great Britain is a co-founder – if the government is denied such an extradition by the Supreme Court this autumn. Immigration Secretary Robert Jenrick said last week he would do “whatever is necessary” to implement the government’s plans and stop migrants coming through the canal.
On the other hand, moderate Tories such as former justice minister and ex-deputy prime minister David Lidington make it clear that “our reputation will be at real risk” if the London Convention on Human Rights is scrapped. Ugly party again.” Conservative voters “At a time when human rights are under attack around the world, a Conservative party honors treaties and stands up for human rights,” Lidington says.
Sending asylum seekers to Portland, which is anchored in a southern English port, has already proved too complicated for the British government in recent days. Residential startup Bibby Stockholm The vindication came after firefighters expressed serious safety concerns in the event of a fire. Also, Legionella bacteria, which lead to Legionnaires’ disease, were found in the raft’s water supply. At the end of last week, those who had already been brought on board had to be evacuated in great haste.
Boats cannot be stopped
Meanwhile, the flow of canal boats did not stop. There is a growing consensus in the Tory camp that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has failed to keep his promise to “stop the boats”.
On Saturday, 509 migrants arrived on British soil in 10 boats when a boat carrying Afghan refugees capsized. The day before Thursday, a sunny and windless day, had a record high of 756 people and 14 boats this year. A total of 16,700 asylum seekers have arrived in Great Britain since the start of the year. Last week alone, emergency services said they had to pull people who had fallen overboard from the water in seven separate incidents.
Peter Nonnenmacher A correspondent reports from London.More info