UK warned over treating child asylum seekers crossing Channel in small boats as adults – The Independent

‘United Nations experts have warned Britain is at risk of breaching international law over allegations of child asylum seekers being placed in adult detention centres after crossing the Channel on small boats.’

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The Independent, 9th July 2024

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Civil servants obliged to carry out Tory Rwanda deportations, court rules – The Guardian

‘Guidance drawn up by Conservative ministers which told civil servants to ignore Strasbourg rulings and remove asylum seekers to Rwanda is lawful, the high court has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 5th July 2024

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Laws and practices on asylum must resist politics of fear and exclusion – EIN Blog

Posted June 20th, 2024 in asylum, human rights, international law, news, refugees by sally

‘Across the world many countries and communities are providing courageous examples of welcoming refugees, showing how the right to seek asylum can be guaranteed and implemented in ways that empower refugees and enable them to contribute fully to their host communities.’

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EIN Blog, 19th June 2024

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Rwanda: Civil servants mount court challenge over new law – BBC News

‘The union for senior civil servants is launching an unprecedented legal challenge to ministers’ Rwanda plan.’

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BBC News, 1st May 2024

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James Robottom: The Safety of Rwanda Act, Slavery and the Common Law – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘Commentary on the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Act (“RA”), which is shortly to receive Royal Assent, has concentrated principally on its deeming of Rwanda as a safe country whilst ousting the supervision of courts. This post considers a separate issue – section 4 of the Act as it applies to victims of slavery (“VOS”). Section 4 provides a carve out from the Act’s deeming provisions where the Home Secretary considers Rwanda is unsafe for an individual “based on compelling evidence relating specifically to their particular individual circumstances”. It also provides courts with a power of review of that question.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 25th April 2024

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Council of Europe human rights watchdog condemns UK’s Rwanda bill – The Guardian

‘The Council of Europe’s human rights watchdog has condemned Rishi Sunak’s Rwanda scheme, saying it raises “major issues about the human rights of asylum seekers and the rule of law”.’

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The Guardian, 23rd April 2024

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Rwanda bill: what does the latest delay mean? – The Guardian

‘Rishi Sunak’s plan to fly people seeking asylum to Rwanda this spring appears to have been put back to the summer after House of Lords insisted on changes to the scheme.’

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The Guardian, 19th April 2024

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Fourth former UK supreme court judge signs letter over Israeli actions in Gaza – The Guardian

‘Lord Carnwath joins Lady Hale, who was president of the UK’s highest court, and lords Sumption and Wilson, in urging ministers to act to prevent the “plausible risk” of genocide in Gaza.’

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The Guardian, 4th April 2024

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Former supreme court judges say UK arming Israel breaches international law – The Guardian

Posted April 4th, 2024 in genocide, international law, international trade, Israel, judges, news, war, weapons by tracey

‘Three former supreme court justices, including the court’s former president Lady Hale, are among more than 600 lawyers, academics and retired senior judges warning that the UK government is breaching international law by continuing to arm Israel.’

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The Guardian, 3rd April 2024

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Rwanda flights: Lords inflict further defeats on government – BBC News

‘The House of Lords has inflicted fresh defeats on the government over its flagship Rwanda bill, meaning further delay to it becoming law.’

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BBC News, 21st March 2024

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Rwanda bill could become law without independent scrutiny, says ex-watchdog – The Guardian

‘Rishi Sunak’s Rwanda deportation bill could be forced on to the statute books without fulfilling the government’s legal commitment to independent scrutiny, the former borders watchdog has told peers.’

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The Guardian, 19th March 2024

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Madeline Gleeson & Theodore Konstadinides: The UK’s Rwanda policy and Lessons from Australia- UK Constitutional Law Association

‘In November 2023, the Supreme Court of the UK dealt a critical blow to the government’s proposal to send certain asylum seekers to the Republic of Rwanda. In AAA and Others v the Home Secretary, the Court ruled that removal to Rwanda would be unlawful because that country was not, at the time, a ‘safe country’.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 14th March 2024

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Civil servants threaten ministers with legal action over Rwanda bill – The Guardian

‘Civil servants have threatened ministers with legal action over concerns that senior Home Office staff could be in breach of international law if they implement the government’s Rwanda deportation bill.’

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The Guardian, 12th March 2024

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When Treaties are Forbidden – EIN Blog

‘Safe Third Country (STC) agreements involve the transfer of protection-seekers from one State to another. They take different forms, including bilateral treaties (the UK-Rwanda Treaty), political agreements (the Italy-Albania MoU) and regional mechanisms (Dublin III). They are usually justified as a means of sharing responsibility for protecting refugees and ‘managing’ access to asylum determination processes, as is the case for the Canada-US Safe Third Country Agreement. In other contexts their explicit purpose is to deter and to punish.

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EIN Blog, 29th February 2024

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Law body considers which law governs digital asset disputes – OUT-LAW.com

‘The Law Commission of England and Wales has opened a new project to examine how questions on the application of private international law should be answered in the context of disputes over digital assets or electronic trade documents.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 29th February 2024

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High court rejects legal challenge over UK arms sales to Israel – The Guardian

Posted February 21st, 2024 in government departments, human rights, international law, Israel, news, war, weapons by sally

‘The high court has dismissed a case urging the suspension of UK arms sales to Israel.’

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The Guardian, 20th February 2024

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Home Office plans new protest offences and anti-Zionism is a protected belief – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Home Office has announced its intention to create new offences relating to actions taken by attendees at protests. The plans include making it an offence to possess flares or pyrotechnics at a protest, to wear a face covering at a protest, and to climb on war memorials. The changes will be added as amendments to the Criminal Justice Bill. The Home Office has emphasised that the new rules are not a blanket ban on face coverings, and only apply where the protester’s intention is to conceal their identity.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 12th 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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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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Unmanaged illegal migration brings rule of law into disrepute – Chalk – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 2nd, 2024 in immigration, international law, news, rule of law, Russia, Ukraine, war by sally

‘Unmanaged illegal migration risks bringing the rule of law into disrepute, the lord chancellor said last night. In a speech to legislators and lawyers during a visit to the US, Alex Chalk MP said such migration “disregards borders and is putting undue pressure on the national systems of rules-based countries like ours and is a fundamental challenge to our democracies.”‘

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Law Society's Gazette, 1st February 2024

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