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17 January 2024 - Safety of Rwanda (Asylum & Immigration) Bill - Oral evidence

Committee Human Rights (Joint Committee)
Inquiry Safety of Rwanda (Asylum & Immigration) Bill

Wednesday 17 January 2024

Start times: 2:44pm (private) 3:00pm (public)


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Does the Rwanda Bill meet the UK’s human rights obligations

The Government introduced the Safety of Rwanda Bill following successful legal challenges to plans to remove asylum claimants to Rwanda. Under a deal signed with Rwanda, some UK asylum claimants would be removed to Rwanda, without the possibility of returning to the UK should their asylum claim be accepted. In December, the Supreme Court ruled that Rwanda was not a safe destination for asylum seekers, rendering the Rwanda scheme unlawful, in contravention of the European Convention on Human Rights, other international treaties and UK laws.  

Meeting details

At 3:00pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry Safety of Rwanda (Asylum & Immigration) Bill
Legal Director at Immigration Law Practitioners' Association (ILPA)
Interim Legal Director at JUSTICE
Chief Executive at Refugee Council
Executive Director at Migration Watch UK
At 4:00pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry Safety of Rwanda (Asylum & Immigration) Bill
International Law Programme Lead at Chatham House
Refugee Law Initiative/School of Advanced Study at University of London
Professor of Public Law at Blackstone Chambers, and Professor of Public Law at UCL

In response to the judgment of the Supreme Court, the Government has negotiated a new treaty with Rwanda, which it says would improve safeguards for those sent to Rwanda. It also brought forward the Safety of Rwanda Bill, which states that Rwanda must be treated as a ‘safe country’ under UK law, requiring UK courts to rule on that basis. The Government believes these changes will allow deportation flights to Rwanda to begin despite the Supreme Court’s ruling.  

The Committee will consider evidence from non-governmental organisations and legal experts to understand the legal implications and likely impact of the Bill, with particular focus on whether it adequately resolves the key issues in the Supreme Court judgment without contravening the UK’s human rights obligations.   

 

Location

Room 16, Palace of Westminster

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