Fight the government's plan to send refugees to Rwanda

by Freedom from Torture

Fight the government's plan to send refugees to Rwanda

by Freedom from Torture
Freedom from Torture
Case Owner
Freedom from Torture is a UK registered charity who supports torture survivors to recover and rebuild their lives in the UK, and campaigns alongside them for change.
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on 27th April 2022
£87,400
pledged of £90,000 stretch target from 3,188 pledges
Freedom from Torture
Case Owner
Freedom from Torture is a UK registered charity who supports torture survivors to recover and rebuild their lives in the UK, and campaigns alongside them for change.

Latest: June 16, 2022

UPDATE: The first flight

UPDATE: On 14th June, the first scheduled flight to take refugees to Rwanda was stopped from taking off.

Last week, Freedom from Torture took the unusual step of writing directly to the High Court to …

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Treating people who are seeking safety from torture and war as if they’re a
problem to be got rid of is not only deeply immoral, but likely unlawful.
Despite outcry from experts and people all over the UK, we believe that this
government will send torture survivors to Rwanda as part of this scheme, and
that this will raise serious human rights concerns, even if they introduce
safeguards.

Freedom from Torture has instructed Leigh Day. Funds raised will support
Freedom from Torture's legal costs and own organisational costs for
delivering this action.


Funds raised in excess of these costs will be allocated according to Crowd
Justice’s Unused Funds policy and will support Freedom from Torture’s
charitable activities. As part of its work in support of survivors of torture,
Freedom from Torture engages regularly with the government in relation to
law and policy affecting torture survivors as asylum-seekers fleeing breaches
of fundamental rights. Most recently, this has included extensive engagement
with the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice during the consultation on
the New Plan for Immigration, including meeting with officials, participating in
focus groups, and providing written submissions.


Freedom from Torture has worked with or on behalf of torture survivors who
have fled persecution and arrived in the UK to claim asylum. Freedom from
Torture regularly consults with people with lived experiences of torture in
order to understand the likely impact of policies such as these, and to work
with them to advocate for improvements. Freedom from Torture was one of
the claimants in the recent judicial review proceedings challenging the
Secretary of State’s “Pushback Policy”, which was withdrawn as a
consequence.

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Freedom from Torture

June 16, 2022

UPDATE: The first flight

UPDATE: On 14th June, the first scheduled flight to take refugees to Rwanda was stopped from taking off.

Last week, Freedom from Torture took the unusual step of writing directly to the High Court to express our concerns about the scheme and our support for the general injunction applications. Those applications were unsuccessful.

But in the run up to the flight, asylum seekers due to be onboard individually took legal action so that one-by-one the number being flown dwindled. Then, at the last minute, thanks to the actions of other litigators, the European Court of Human Rights blocked the flight altogether.

In the last few weeks so many of us have come together to stop the government’s plans. You got involved in all different ways, from supporting legal cases, to protesting on the streets, and pressuring airlines with calls, emails and tweets. Thank you for being part of this huge movement. Tuesday night’s success shows that when people work together we can take on anything and win.

But the fight is far from over. While it’s great that no one was flown to Rwanda on Tuesday, the government is already planning the next flight.

That means we’re only at the start of what is going to be a long legal battle. So we’re so grateful to you and the thousands others who’ve supported our legal action fund. We’re currently strategising with our lawyers on our next steps, and we’ll let you know the plan as soon as possible.

"Across the UK, everyone from people protesting in the streets to Prince Charles have spoken out against this government’s plans. With torture survivors likely to be on these flights, it is crucial that we continue to fight this neocolonial ‘cash for humans’ policy.” - Kolbassia Haoussou, Director of Survivor Empowerment

Thanks so much again,

The Freedom from Torture team

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