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On December 7, British Home Secretary James Cleverly introduced the Safety of Rwanda Act. The new bill comes after the UK Supreme Courts ruled against the Government’s plan to deport illegal immigrants to Rwanda, citing the African country was unsafe.
Before a crowd of media officials and Conservative supporters, Prime Minister introduced the controversial bill, stating “this bill blocks every single reason that has ever been used to prevent flights to Rwanda from taking off.” The issue with the bill is that it overrides certain international laws, such as “Human Rights Convention of 1949, the Refugee Convention, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of 1966, the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment of 1984.”
The bill aims to finalise the Government’s plan for the deportation of illegal immigrants to Rwanda which have been met with mass opposition and resulted in the sacking of former Home Secretary Suella Braverman. Mrs Braverman said the Prime Minister “will fail” to push the Rwanda Act through. The Bill currently sits in the second reading stage of parliamentary proceedings with the first vote to take place on Tuesday 12 December.
The Conservative Party currently hold 350 out of 650 members of Parliament. To reduce descent, Sunak has said that MP’s must “united or die.” The General Election, which is set to take place in Spring 2024, has heavily influenced Sunak’s decision. Joshua Nevett, of BBC News, wrote about the issue of confidence which Sunak will face from this bill, calling it a “high risk tactic.”
Home Secretary James Cleverly signed the UK Rwanda Treaty which has seen the agreement of the Rwandan government to honour and agree to the “shared commitment” of dealing with immigration. Should the Safety of Rwanda Act pass through Parliament, there will be no reasons or delay for the deportation of immigrants to Rwanda.
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