‘Scandalous’ if UK watchdog role left empty when Rwanda plan starts, says inspector – The Guardian

‘The UK’s chief inspector of borders and immigration has called it “scandalous” that his watchdog role could be left vacant while the Rwanda scheme is introduced.’

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The Guardian, 19th February 2024

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UK’s Rwanda bill ‘incompatible with human rights obligations’ – The Guardian

‘The UK government’s controversial Rwanda legislation that deems the African country as a safe place to deport people to is fundamentally incompatible with Britain’s human rights obligations and places it in breach of international law, according to a damning parliamentary report.’

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The Guardian, 12th February 2024

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UK home secretary apologises over unlawful detention of Bahraini activist – The Guardian

Posted February 9th, 2024 in asylum, compensation, detention, government departments, human rights, immigration, news by michael

‘The home secretary, James Cleverly, has apologised and arranged for compensation to be paid to a human rights activist after officials unlawfully detained him at Gatwick airport on his return to the UK from a UN meeting in Switzerland.’

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The Guardian, 8th February 2024

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Council of Europe calls on UK not to process asylum claims in Rwanda – The Guardian

Posted February 8th, 2024 in asylum, detention, human rights, news, reports, Rwanda by tracey

‘Europe’s leading anti-torture watchdog has called on the government to process asylum claims in the UK rather than sending people to Rwanda because of the risk they may be exposed to human rights abuses there.’

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The Guardian, 8th February 2024

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Home Office drops plan to remove housing protections from asylum seekers – The Guardian

Posted February 8th, 2024 in asylum, government departments, housing, news by sally

‘A controversial policy to remove basic housing protections from asylum seekers has been withdrawn by the government.’

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The Guardian, 7th February 2024

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Handcuffed migrants face unlimited detention in ‘prison-like’ conditions, anti-torture committee finds – The Independent

Posted February 8th, 2024 in asylum, detention, immigration, mental health, news, reports, restraint by sally

‘Migrants facing unlimited detention in “prison-like” UK immigration sites are being handcuffed to beds and allowed to self-harm, a European anti-torture committee has found.’

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The Independent, 8th February 2024

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Even many critics of the Rwanda deportation policy are missing the point of why it’s wrong – EIN Blog

‘The UK government’s proposals to send asylum seekers arriving to the UK onto Rwanda continue to spark intense opposition.’

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EIN Blog, 6th February 2024

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Popular Conservatives: Rees-Mogg attacks Lady Hale and calls for neutering of Supreme Court – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Baroness Hale revealed her “true colours” by voting against the Rwanda Bill, according to former leader of the Commons Jacob-Rees-Mogg, who yesterday called for the “politicised” Supreme Court to be emasculated.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 7th February 2024

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Teenager trapped in Gaza brings legal challenge against UK government – The Guardian

‘A teenager trapped in Gaza and separated from his parents has brought an urgent legal challenge against the UK Home Office and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) after the government refused entry clearance for him to join his family in the UK.’

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The Guardian, 6th February 2024

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Top Cases of 2023: the good, the bad and the legally complicated – UK Human Rights Blog

‘As the dust settles on another year, it is (just about still) time to look back over the year gone to review some of the most dramatic, legally interesting or impactful cases of the year gone by. As ever, this is only a selection of the top cases of the year, but as a whole they reveal yet another year in which the courts have been drawn into the centre of the most important social and political debates of the society in which they find themselves.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 29th January 2024

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Jeff King: The House of Lords, Constitutional Propriety, and the Safety of Rwanda Bill – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘The Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill will receive its second reading in the House of Lords on 29 January 2024, having cleared the House of Commons unamended. There are a great many problems with the Rwanda Bill, any of which might weigh with the Lords, but this blog post focuses on just one: the likelihood that, if enacted, the Bill may well trigger a constitutional crisis between the courts and Parliament. It would be a crisis that is likely to endure beyond the life of the policy embodied in the Bill. I argue here that one of the roles of the House of Lords is to act as a constitutional safeguard, a steam-valve, and, in exercise of this function under the rare circumstances that attend this Bill, it would be legitimate for the Lords to not only make and insist upon far-reaching changes to the Bill, but even to refuse to pass it altogether. This post is not concerned with the realpolitik of whether peers would in fact vote the Bill down – though I come to the point in the conclusion. It rather seeks to refute the constitutional argument that it would be illegitimate to block or make potent amendments to it.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 26th January 2024

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What is rule 39? UK government tells civil servants to ignore European court of human rights on Rwanda deportations – EIN Blog

‘The UK government is once again navigating legal and political hurdles over its plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda. The latest debate is over the emergency bill that legally declares Rwanda a safe place to send refugees (despite the supreme court ruling the opposite).’

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EIN Blog, 23rd January 2024

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Accommodating asylum seekers: some recent planning law cases – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 23rd, 2024 in asylum, housing, local government, news, planning by tracey

‘The scale of the current crisis as to where and how to provide accommodation for asylum seekers can be viewed through a succession of High Court planning law cases over the last year or so. Simon Ricketts gathers the cases in one place.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th January 2024

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Rishi Sunak’s Rwanda bill is step towards totalitarianism, top lawyer in the Lords warns – The Independent

‘A leading lawyer who sits in the Lords has warned that Rishi Sunak’s Rwanda bill is “a step toward totalitarianism”.’

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The Independent, 18th January 2024

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Legislating fiction – EIN Blog

‘Members of Parliament in the UK will on 16 and 17 January 2024 debate the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill, which “gives effect to the judgement of Parliament that the Republic of Rwanda is a safe country” for asylum-seekers. The Supreme Court unanimously ruled in November 2023 that Rwanda was manifestly not safe as asylum seekers sent to the country would face a real risk of ill-treatment due to insufficient guarantees against refoulement. The Bill thus aims to use law to determine a factual situation for as long as the law is in force. This blog discusses the risks inherent in creating such a “legal fiction” and how the Bill could be revised to mitigate this risk, before assessing the chances of it becoming law in the currently turbulent political context.’

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EIN Blog, 16th January 2024

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UNHCR says Sunak’s new Rwanda bill still violates international humanitarian law – The Independent

Posted January 16th, 2024 in asylum, bills, international law, news, refugees, Rwanda by tracey

‘The new Rwanda deal proposed by Rishi Sunak’s government is still “not compatible” with international refugee law, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said. The UNHCR has published its legal assessment of the bill designed to allow Britain to send asylum seekers who arrive illegally in the UK to Rwanda.’

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The Independent, 16th January 2024

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Sanjit Nagi: The Stranglehold of New Labour and Lord Irvine’s Rights-based Constitution – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘Last year’s Supreme Court decision in R (AAA) v Home Secretary – which found the British government’s Rwanda policy to be unlawful – has reignited broader debates about the position of a government which commands a majority in Parliament vis a vis the judiciary, the separation of powers, the extent to which legislating against judicial decisions is constitutionally proper or compatible with the rule of law, and the appropriateness of disapplying sections of the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA 1998). This post does not restate or reengage with such topics; substantive attention has already been given by Tom Hickman KC, Professor Mark Elliott, Adam Tucker, Professor Sarah Singer, and Richard Ekins KC et al. Neither does it take a position on the feasibility or desirability of any specific government policy, the continued operation of HRA 1998, or membership of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

Instead, this post will argue that the backlash to and disapproval of the British government’s response to R (AAA) – the introduction of the Safety of Rwanda Bill, which, amongst other measures, allows Parliament to diverge from the Supreme Court’s judgment – neatly evidences the intended effect of New Labour and Lord Derry Irvine’s HRA 1998 system and judicial reforms.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 15th January 2024

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Asylum accommodation to be excluded from social housing landlords crackdown – The Guardian

‘Accommodation used to house tens of thousands of asylum seekers, often the worst in the UK when it comes to damp and mould, will be excluded from a crackdown on landlords managing social housing, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 15th January 2024

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UK government admits Rwanda has ‘issues with its human rights record’ – The Guardian

Posted January 12th, 2024 in asylum, bills, deportation, government departments, human rights, immigration, news, Rwanda by sally

‘The government has admitted that Rwanda still has “issues with its human rights record” despite claims by Rishi Sunak that it is a safe country.’

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The Guardian, 11th January 2024

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Cleverly says UK asylum backlog cleared as almost 100,000 wait for decision – The Guardian

Posted January 3rd, 2024 in asylum, delay, government departments, immigration, news, statistics by sally

‘Almost 100,000 people seeking asylum in the UK are waiting for a decision amid growing claims that ministers have massaged official figures to try to show that they have cut the backlog of cases.’

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The Guardian, 2nd January 2024

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