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

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

Wednesday 24 January 2024

Start times: 2:45pm (private) 3:00pm (public)

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Lord Sumption and Lord Sandhurst questioned on Rwanda Bill human rights implications 

The Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill completed its passage through the House of Commons last week. It will have its second reading in the House of Lords on 29 January. Along with a revised treaty with Rwanda, it is the Government’s legislative response to the Supreme Court’s judgment that ruled its asylum policy was unlawful because it breached human rights law and international treaties. 

Meeting details

At 3:00pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry Safety of Rwanda (Asylum & Immigration) Bill
Member at House of Lords
former at The Supreme Court
At 4:30pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry Safety of Rwanda (Asylum & Immigration) Bill
Barrister at 8 New Square Chambers

The bill states that Rwanda must be treated as a ‘safe country’ under UK law, requiring UK courts to rule on that basis and not to consider arguments to the contrary. The Government believes these changes will allow deportation flights to Rwanda to begin despite the Supreme Court’s ruling. 

In this evidence session, the Committee will examine the views of legal experts about whether the Bill complies with the UK’s human rights obligations, in particular the European Convention on Human Rights and the Refugee Convention. They will be hearing from Chair of Research of the Society of Conservative Lawyers, Lord Sandhurst; former Supreme Court Judge, Lord Sumption; and barrister Martin Howe KC. 


Room 16, Palace of Westminster

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