UK Flight Taking Illegal Immigrants To Rwanda Halted By European Court Of Human Rights

ER Editor: We had published this yesterday regarding a High Court decision in London, made this past Monday, permitting flights containing illegal immigrants to Rwanda to commence on Tuesday, despite a legal appeal the previous week: UK High Court Upholds Rwanda as Asylum Stop.

Then, just as the first flight was to depart on Tuesday, a legal decision on behalf of one of the intended passengers blocked the whole flight.


There’s this amplification from The Guardian on Tuesday’s intervention by the European Court of Human Rights:

Boris Johnson’s plan to send an inaugural flight of asylum seekers to Rwanda has been abandoned after a dramatic 11th-hour ruling by the European court of human rights.

Up to seven people who had come to the UK seeking refuge had been expected to be removed to the east African country an hour and a half before the flight was due to take off.

But a ruling by the ECHR on one of the seven cases allowed lawyers for the other six to make successful last-minute applications.

The decision is a significant and embarrassing blow for Boris Johnson and his home secretary, Priti Patel, who had promised to start sending thousands of asylum seekers 4,000 miles to the east African country in May.

It comes hours after the prime minister threatened to take the UK out of the ECHR and accused lawyers of aiding criminals exploiting refugees in the Channel.

The legality of the Rwanda policy will be tested in a full court hearing next month.

The flight, which cost an estimated £500,000, had already been paid for from the public purse, a government source confirmed. The UK government has paid £120m as a downpayment on the Rwanda deal. The government has declined to say how much it has paid in legal costs, and has not said how much it expects to pay for future flights, accommodation and living costs for everyone sent to Rwanda.

The ECHR examined the case of a 54-year-old Iraqi asylum seeker who crossed the Channel in a boat.

He claimed asylum in the UK last month citing danger to his life in Iraq. Five days later, he was served with a notice of intent indicating that the Home Office was considering deeming his asylum claim inadmissible and relocating him to Rwanda.

A doctor at the detention centre issued a report saying that he may have been a victim of torture, it is understood. He was then served with removal directions to Rwanda for 14 June 2022. A letter from the court said that the asylum seeker should not be removed on Tuesday evening.

The ECHR said it took particular account of evidence that asylum seekers transferred from the UK to Rwanda will not have access to fair and efficient procedures for the determination. …

The scheme has been beset with “teething problems”, Johnson has admitted. The number of asylum seekers expected to be sent to Rwanda fell from 130 at the start of last week, to 31 on Friday, to just seven on Tuesday.


  • Will the UK pull out of the European Court of Human Rights? It seems Brexit didn’t cover every eventuality.
  • Why can’t a satisfactory arrangement be made with France, which is where the problem seems to be coming from. Presumably, further flights will be blocked by similar legal appeals. It’s a circus.
  • The UK Govt is now talking about those ‘criminal gangs’ that they aim to stop with their Rwanda policy. This wasn’t their rhetoric over years and years when successive governments, Conservative as well as Labour, were literally inviting illegals in. See Immigrants? We sent out search parties to get them to come… and made it hard for Britons to get work, says Mandelson. Mandelson was/is a Rothschild associate.

What is curious is that a globalist government actively WANTS illegal migrants to come in. Then, at some later date, it enacts a policy to send them (very few, in fact) to Rwanda of all places. Which then prompts globalist figures like Prince Charles and the Archbishop of Canterbury, the UN, etc. to decry the inhumanity of it, not without some justification. Has the UK govt (globalist through and through) been persuaded to play bad cop to the globalists’ good cop? i.e. illegal immigration continues just as before, yet the government APPEARS to be tough and doing something about it, thereby appealing to voters after two plus years of Covid criminality and tyranny? The choice of Rwanda has always appeared strange and alarming, an instance of pure politicking in an odd way. The government must have been perfectly aware of the likely legal challenges to this policy all along …

Was Today’s ‘Failure’ Precisely the Goal?

As well as immense distraction from the REAL problems that persist.


Of interest, this report (Only seven were due to be on board the plane set to take off on Tuesday from MoD Boscombe Down) from GBN on Tuesday reveals that such flights are being done on the quiet from a UK Ministry of Defence base near Salisbury. See featured image.


UK Flight Taking Illegal Immigrants To Rwanda Halted By European Court Of Human Rights

Tyler Durden's Photo TYLER DURDEN

Authored by Alexander Zhang via The Epoch Times

A flight due to take illegal immigrants from the UK to Rwanda was halted on Tuesday after last-minute interventions by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on April 14 that people who enter the UK illegally, including those who cross the English Channel in small boats, may end up being relocated to the African country of Rwanda. The UK government said the move is necessary to deter human smuggling.

Pro-immigration activists have argued that the policy is inhumane and unlawful, but the UK courts rejected a request for an interim injunction to stop the Rwanda flight, which was due to take off on Tuesday night.

But the flight was grounded after the ECHR said it had granted an urgent interim measure in regards to an Iraqi national who was due to be on the flight.

It said the individual concerned should not be removed to Rwanda until three weeks after the delivery of the final domestic decision in his ongoing judicial review proceedings.

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel described the ECHR’s intervention as “very surprising,” but insisted that the government will not be deterred.

She said:

“We will not be deterred from doing the right thing and delivering our plans to control our nation’s borders. Our legal team are reviewing every decision made on this flight and preparation for the next flight begins now.”

The main opposition Labour Party said ministers have only themselves to blame for what happened.

“They have pushed ahead with a policy they knew was unworkable, unethical, and incredibly expensive because they just wanted a row and someone else to blame,” said shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper.

Earlier, Johnson highlighted the legal profession as the main source of opposition to the Rwanda policy, and suggested lawyers trying to stop deportations of illegal immigrants are “abetting the work of criminal gangs.”

Talking to Sky News on Wednesday, Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey said the government is “highly confident” that the next deportation flight to Rwanda will go ahead.

The Rwandan government, who has agreed to accommodate the illegal immigrants under a partnership with the UK, also said it is “not deterred by these developments.”

Government spokeswoman Yolande Makolo said: “Rwanda remains fully committed to making this partnership work. The current situation of people making dangerous journeys cannot continue as it is causing untold suffering to so many.

“Rwanda stands ready to receive the migrants when they do arrive and offer them safety and opportunity in our country.”



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