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UK’s Migration Bill At Odds With International Law- UN

todayJuly 18, 2023 16

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The United Kingdom’s controversial bill aimed at stopping thousands of migrants and refugees from arriving is at odds with the country’s obligations under international law, the United Nations has said.

The so-called Illegal Migration Bill, which has been passed by parliament and now awaits the formality of “royal assent” from King Charles III, “is at variance with the country’s obligations under international human rights and refugee law and will have profound consequences for people in need of international protection”, the UN refugee and human rights chiefs said on Tuesday.

The Conservative government’s flagship bill will prevent most people from claiming asylum in the UK without permission and will deport them either to their country of origin or a third nation deemed to be safe, such as Rwanda.

The bill has been stuck in a battle between the UK parliament’s House of Commons and House of Lords, Britain’s unelected upper chamber, which had repeatedly changed the legislation to water it down.Among the amendments proposed and finally defeated in the Lords were a demand for shorter time limits on the detention of unaccompanied children, greater protections for victims of modern slavery, and six-month delays in the deportation of migrants.


Written by: Kevin Nwabueze

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