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NO TO RWANDA – RAS VOICE’s Statement

 

UK Government’s Deportation Plan ignores British Values

We at RAS Voice, alongside other lived experience groups and NGOs, are deeply disappointed by the passage of the Safety of Rwanda Act. This Act prioritises deterrence over human rights and undermines the UK’s commitment to protecting people fleeing persecution and violence.

The Act allows the government to remove people based solely on their arrival route, not on the merit of their asylum claim. This discriminates against people who have already endured extreme hardship and have had no safe route to reach the UK .

This Act is another piece of legislation that jeopardises people’s safety and lacks accountability. It allows the Home Secretary to ignore reality and the previous factual findings of the Supreme Court and in so doing, undermines the separation of powers upon which our democracy is founded.

The deportation deal with the government of Rwanda is inhumane and undermines the core British values of rights and fairness. When a system consistently and systematically depletes and harms the lives of racialised people, that system is structurally racist.

It seems that forcibly transporting Black and Brown people against their will and pushing the UK’s borders into East Africa are not just practices from the 19th century, they are a description of the government’s current Rwanda plan.

The likely involvement of private companies in this deportation plan is a moral outrage. It prioritises profit over human lives.Think tanks and contractors supporting this Act should reconsider their role. They are profiting from human suffering and should apologise for their actions.

We urge the UK government to uphold its obligations under the 1951 Refugee Convention and the Human Rights Act 1998 to protect refugees who ask it for help, not remove them to another country.

Join RAS Voice and its allies in raising our voices against this unjust policy. Together, we can demand a rights-based, humane and fair asylum system.

 

Let’s work together to build a Britain that is welcoming and respects human rights!

Yours Sincerely,

Signed by:

Refugee and Asylum Seeker Voice (RAS Voice)

Countersigned by:

  Name Role Organisation
1 Jonathan Kazembe EbE Manager Refugee Action
2 Tarana Wafi   Refugee Action
3 David-Jason Gordon Postgraduate Student Imperial College London
4 Stephen Piggs   MC of S
5 Regan Rodell    
6 Joan Oskui    
7 Ukuuaza Tjatindi   RAPAR LGBTQ
8 Uzapo

 

  African Rainbow
9 Alan Pint   Quakers
10 Puuri Arakuta    
11 Bobel   WAST
12 Tjivinga Kazonyomingu   WAST
13 Ethar Alali    
14 Jarad Malekza jeson   Right to remain
15 Hussain Alsuwaile   TWMF
16 Haindj Mayad   TWMF
17 James Harker    
18 Vicky Shenton   Migrant destitution fund
19 Rohan williams   African rainbow family
20 Sarah Miguel   Safe passage
21 Mary Njoroge   Refugee Action
22 Sarah McCarthy   Manchester City of Sanctuary
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