UK Home Secretary Priti Patel and Prime Minister Boris Johnson
UPDATE, JUNE 15:
On Tuesday, UK courts and the European Court of Human Rights prevented the Johnson Government from deporting a first group of 37 asylum seekers to Rwanda.
Legal action in the UK reduced the number to seven, then a decision by the ECHR — minutes before the Boeing 767, at a cost of £500,000 ($603,000) was to take off — blocked the flight.
I spoke with Turkey’s ANews on Wednesday about the situation and the illegal deportation.
American studies professor @ScottLucas_EA gives the latest from the UK regarding the deportation of asylum seekers.
— ANews (@anews) June 15, 2022
ORIGINAL ENTRY, JUNE 14: Defying international law, the UK Government is hoping to deport a first group of seven asylum seekers to Rwanda on Tuesday.
Why? I joined India’s WION News on Monday to analyze how the Government — in serious trouble over Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s breaking of Coronavirus regulations, the shock of Brexit, and further economic problems — is looking for a “dog whistle” headline playing on and playing up anti-immigrant sentiment.
And then there are the political ambitions of Home Secretary Priti Patel….
This is crude power politics, using the bodies of migrants and refugees.
Thirty one asylum-seekers may be flown out to Rwanda on Tuesday as the United Kingdom's deportation plan gets high court's green light.
However, a UK court has allowed an appeal in a last-gasp challenge.
— WION (@WIONews) June 13, 2022