On Jun 14, 2022

Addis Ababa, June 14, 2022 (FBC) – The British government is set to send the first plane of asylum seekers to Rwanda, a plan the UN refugee chief has described as “catastrophic”.

Rejecting calls by human rights groups to stop the government from carrying out its “inhumane” plan, a high court judge on Friday ruled that the first planned flight could take place.

The court of appeal in London on Monday upheld the high court’s controversial decision to deny an injunction to block the first flight of failed asylum-seekers.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said on Tuesday that Britain expects the first flight of asylum seekers to depart for Rwanda on Tuesday. She said any person who avoids that flight due to legal proceedings will be put on a later one.

Human rights groups say the policy is inhumane and will put vulnerable asylum seekers at greater risk.

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